Film Review: Chappie

Cinema release date: 6th March 2015

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley

Runtime: 120 minutes

Genre: Science-Fiction, Action, Thriller

Watched in: 2D

Rating: 4/5 stars

So there are a lot of sci-fi films out there these days, and we seem to have a bit of a thing about artificial intelligence. When going in to see the film I did have my doubts about whether it would bring anything new to the genre. However, it was a great film and different to other films based around similar ideas. At no point during the film was I bored, it really gripped me.

In the near future crime is enforced by a robotic police force. The scientist who invented them (Dev Patel) steals one of the robots and programmes it to be an intelligent and self-aware being. There are also a tonne of gangsters in the mix. Another scientist (Hugh Jackman), who hates the idea of artificial intelligence, sets out to destroy Chappie, who must survive with the help of his new friends.

One of the things I like about the film is that it is set in South Africa. So many films these days are set in America so it was really refreshing to have a different setting. Although, one of the characters has an accent so strong they have subtitles for his speech!

I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be a comedy but among its serious moments there is a fair amount of comedy. Imagine a criminal teaching Chappie to walk like a gangster and you can imagine that there is certainly some funny moments in this film. Though there are also a few odd moments too.

The characters are really strong and change and develop as the film goes on which is really great to see. I felt like I really cared about the characters. Hugh Jackman makes a great villain as well. All of the acting was really good.

Overall I very much enjoyed watching the film, despite having my reservations before I saw it. Even one of my friends I went with who isn’t typically big on sci-fi loved it. So I think it can be enjoyed by not only sci-fi fans but by others as well. It’s not for everyone though and has had mixed reviews. I’d say watch it yourself and see what you think of it.

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