Stars: Sharlto Copley / Dev Patel / Ninja /
Release Date: 2015-03-04
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE),
Director: Neill Blomkamp, Vinca Cox,
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from any one else: he is a robot.
It's this time-old message of humanity, adapted to fit with today's technologies, that transcends the overpowering, at times clunky, cinematic vessel.
Its oddly jumbled machinery never clicks. The logic of Chappie gradually disintegrates, becoming increasingly farcical.
The principal charm of the film arises from Chappie's ears, which prick up and droop like those of a titanium rabbit.
While the visual effects are spectacularly seamless, they're in the service of a movie which devolves from vaguely funny to just-plain silly to numbingly gory.
There's material in Chappie for a worthwhile motion picture but too little is explored by Blomkamp to make this worth a trip to a theater.