Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 28% (Critics) / 66% (Audience)
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp
Written By: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver
Studio: Sony Pictures
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)
Blomkamp never fails to provide great visuals and action scenes so the look of CHAPPIE is top notch. And Hugh Jackman was delightful wacky as a mulletted, cargo shorts wearing weapons designer with a major chip on his shoulder.
The script is borderline idiotic and posed question after question that never gets answered. Why exactly would anyone want to develop an AI that starts off with the mental faculties of a newborn baby? And why did it seem like someone didn’t have the thought until the middle of the movie that it would be a snazzy idea to have said AI able to access the Internet to learn everything at superspeed? Why were all of the scientists so damn stupid? Who thought it would be a good idea to cast Die Antwoord and then give them major roles? So much was wrong tonally due to the script.
So all it takes to download a perfect copy of a human beings brainwave patterns is a couple Playstations and crash helmet? I just thought it was good for playing video games and watching movies. I am wasting this devices full potential.
Final Verdict: A badly constructed mish-mosh of ROBOCOP, SHORT CIRCUIT and PINOCCHIO that never finds a consistent tone. Much like Chappie himself the film was totally confused about what it wanted to be. And aside from Hugh Jackman spectacularly chewing every inch of scenery that got near him, the performances were all disappointing (and in the case of the Die Antwoord twosome just annoying). Blomkamp delivers on the visuals and the big action but the script completely fails him and this movie.