At The Movies
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo
In the near future, the police are aided by robots that can’t think or feel in a bid to keep the criminal underworld in check. But when robot engineer, Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) finds a way to program a robot so it does, he finds himself on his own. When one of the robots gets destroyed, he goes about collecting its parts, but the robot falls into the hands of Ninja (Ninja), Yo-Landi (Yo-Landi Visser) and Amerika (Jose Pablo Cantillo). After threatening Deon, they get together to reboot it with a conscious in order to get them out of trouble with criminals. Thus it becomes the first robot with emotions and a conscious.
However, they all find themselves at odds when Ninja wants Chappie (Sharlto Copley) to be tough and aid in crime sprees, yet Yo-Landi and Deon see him as a little child in need of neutering, which begins to cause chaos. More chaos arises when Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), a fellow robot engineer, who is determined to make machines directed by human minds go big, sees him as a threat and seemingly goes out of his way to rid the world of him.
The film is mostly about the relationships between Chappie and his three parents who despite all been at odds, form a rebellion against Moore and his forces.
There a few plot holes and some of the story is very incoherent. It’s unclear as to what Sigourney Weaver’s character is meant to be doing. She is slightly wasted in this film. Hugh Jackman’s character is also inconsistent and it is unclear at first as to what his intentions are and why he is doing what he is doing. But it’s a funny and entertaining film and even has a few heartfelt moments. There are also some brilliant visual effects.
Overall this is a good sci-fi film and worthy of seeing.