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038: CHAPPiE

Maximilian Rivera December 13, 2016
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By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: After a police robot is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first machine with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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What do you do with a film like Chappie (2015)? From the director of District 9 (2009), this film had somehow missed our radar. When we realized it was rated 32%, we had to change our plan and watch Neill Blomkamp’s take on artificial intelligence and human consciousness.

Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Die Antwoord (Watkin Tudor Jones AKA Ninja & Yolandi Visser).

With Chappie, we see Blomkamp attempt to make a socially aware film about robotoid consciousness, but the film is tone-deaf at times, and muddled by the less-than-stellar acting from Ninja and Yolandi. Of course, also having nothing but unlikable characters damages the film, as well. 

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The trailer for Chappie showed us a story about a robot coming of age in the rough streets of South Africa — and while that does happen in the film, we also have a plot that is intertwined with the rap group Die Antwoord.

Neither of us are Die Antwoord fans, and that might be the breaking point for us. There are loose concepts we like in Chappie, but we found ourselves overall unhappy with the final result. At least Hugh Jackman has an awesome mullet in this film.

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As the plot progresses, we find that Tetravaal has poor security, that Hugh Jackman’s villain is in the right, and that it’s hard to root for anybody in this whole picture. 

Sure, we weren’t the biggest fans of this movie, but we had a good time discussing it. We’ve love to hear your thoughts about Chappie, so feel free to drop us an email with your feedback!

We also discuss a few of the newest movie trailers, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baywatch, and The Mummy

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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