Chappie (2015) – Full of magical but lack of action movie spirit

South African director Neill Blomkamp has once again attempted to reach “District 9” with his wife’s co-writer Terri Tatchell – this is their great first science fiction film in 2009. , Have made their names known globally. And again, they failed, in the story of the Chappie robot, along with Elysium’s reasons, filled with beautiful visual effects, overwhelming action featuring but lossing of the way in telling a true story.

Chappie takes viewers to the future Johannesburg city, where genius scientist Deon (Dev Patel) creates robotic robots as police substitutes for humans. As a result, the crime rate has dropped to a very low level. But Deon’s desire is far from over, he wants to create a robot as intelligent as human beings, have the same emotions as humans, learn, enjoy and create art. Deon’s rival in the company, Vincent (Hugh Jackman), in contrast, believes in God and man, is developing a series of destructive robots to compete, but not accepted.

One of my favorite actors is Sigourney Weaver, the heroine of the classic “Allien” series, who plays the CEO of both Robots. But regrettable that her role is too small to be any impressive.

The film began to bring a lot of expectations, in the narrative by the reporters, referring to District 9 and the action scenes combined the musical Hans Zimmer. Deon, after successfully developing artificial intelligence, stole a stolen police robot for trial. On the way back, he was abducted by a group of three robbers, including Ninja, Yo-landi and Amerika (Jose Pablo Cantilo). They are in debt, and naively think Deon – as a robot maker – has a remote that disables police robots, making robbing easier.

Trio, in fact, is a member of the famous hip hop group called Die ArtWoord, with Ninja and Yo-landi are the same name kept on film. Their music was used in tandem with Hans Zimmer during the movie. Deon, taking advantage of the bandits to complete the experiment, implanted artificial intelligence for the robot, named Chappie. An original robot resembles a child, and gradually establishes character, as well as an understanding of the world, through its course of life.

This is where the story begins to go wrong. A robot who is intelligent and learns to be human, is not “original” as Blomkamp introduced at the broadcast. Robin Williams once played a robot who lived to be 200 years old, gradually replacing the body parts to become a Bicentennial Man (1998). Then three years later, Haley Joel Osment turns to be a robot boy looking for mother love with A.I., directed by Steven Spielberg. In both of these films, the process of developing, as well as shaping the characters and emotions of the robots, takes almost the entire length of the film, but remains defunct. While Chappie, in only 2 hours, had to share with the action scenes and other characters, became too short to make viewers interested.

The most unfortunate point is that Blomkampt can not blow Chappie’s soul. As usual, he tried to incorporate realism and satire. Chappie’s development, tug of war between being good or evil, is based on parental influence (Dean or Ninja), which depicts children being forced to hold guns in Africa, an issue Aching However, the intentions of the director is shown very unnatural and open, there is a fake. Chappie, shaped not so rich in expression, most of the time is a noisy and noisy robot, a bit more stupid. “Naughty” is very different from “stupid”. I do not understand why, after being tortured and hurt by the thugs and Vince, and then uttering the dramatic line “why do people do that?”, Chappie still believes that using darts and stabbing people Another is to help them “sleep well”? And most disappointing, was his reaction when asked “want to be this dog or dog”, although he had stroked two dogs, one was alive and one was dead. He did not hesitate to become a killing dog.

Chappie learned drawing, approached art, touched by mother love, for what? When Chappie still does not know the right and wrong distinction, beauty and evil, and empathy. But worse, Chappie is not complicated, and not interesting, from start to finish. Chappie may be ugly, but still attractive, but unfortunately not so.

Blomkamp, ​​in the first half of the film, tries to convey the overwhelming message to convey. In the second half of the film he forgot what he wanted to convey.

Not only Chappie, Blomkampt can not blow the rest of the characters. A young genius scientist, played by the “millionaire” Patel, is always hustling and frustrated (kicking one after another), never showing his affection and motivation. To Chappie Similarly, the bizarre Ninja and Yo-landi pair, not enough to create the atmosphere they did in music videos. A “sub-standard” villain by Hugh Jackman, does not appear to count on anyone or anything just to participate in a strange shooting scene. Revealing the content: Vincent’s MOOSE robot tears Amerika’s body in a bloody horror scene, which does not interfere with the film’s general tone, making me uncomfortable (unlike Kingsman’s bloody, much fiercer but Very fit). After a long and hectic day, arriving on Tuesday, the content suddenly diverted, very clearly want to create the same effect with the end of District 9. But not successful.

Chappie, though, still has some memorable scenes. Blomkamp is very good at editing and editing, especially in the final installment of “Enter the Ninja”, which I like very much. It has the weird atmosphere that movie should have. In addition, the film is still set in the context of South Africa’s unique and unique future, only to be in his films. The music of Hans Zimmer is excellent, assisting with action scenes extremely well, but always on the movie screen most of the time. Zimmer made music for a lot of directors, but perhaps, only Christopher Nolan was fit to catch up and blend in with his epic, and put them on a new heights. Left, that Chappie is an example, is waste.

Finally, the film’s tagline says Chappie is “the last hope of humanity,” and I still do not understand what that hope is. Maybe, will have to wait until the next.

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