Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chappie 2015 (film review)

IMDb "In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself"

 The film is set in South Africa and stars Dev Patel as Deon Wilson a computer programmer.
 Chappie is a police "droid", a sort of terminator style robot built to uphold the law. Droid 22 (chappie) becomes damaged in a shoot out and is sent for destruction, Deon decides to use droid 22 as a test bed for new software he's designed, software that he hopes will make a droid sentient (able to think for itself) the software works and droid 22 becomes Chappie. 
 The film is based around Chappies development as he grows up mentally from small child to adult but set against a gang of violent criminals and conflict within the company that makes the droids.
 The film is surprisingly gripping, there are times when you'll almost believe Chappies real, the CGI or whatever is used works superbly, indeed I did wonder if they actually made a robot for the movie, maybe remote controlled but it seems far to complex.
 Anyway the story has a lots of laughs and quite a few sensitive tender moments.  The film also stars Huge Jackman, Sigourney Weaver (in a surprisingly small part) and several other actors such as Ninja, Yo-landi Visser, and Jose Pablo Cantillo in staring roles.
 Don't be fooled though, this isn't a movie for children, there's violence and bad language.

Wayne rating 7/10   Well worth a watch on the big screen

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