Flash Movie Review: Chappie

Two unrelated occurrences recently happened and were on my mind prior to walking into the movie theater. I had stopped in the men’s department of a retail establishment, store coupon in hand. There were 2 women shopping with their young sons; the boys looked like they were 6 or 7 years old. One boy was walking underneath the clothes racks, playing hide and seek. If he happened to knock a piece of clothing onto the floor he would pick it up and return it to the rack. The other boy was running around; if he stopped at the shelves of folded shirts, he would leave one crumpled on the floor. As he darted under the clothes racks, he left a trail of items strewn everywhere. His mother either did not see or care about what he was doing; I could not tell. I started to wonder what were the 2 boys taught that led them to two different reactions regarding respecting someone else’s property. The other incident that was on my mind had to do with a small news item I had read in the newspaper. An elementary school had a costume day where the students dressed up as their favorite literary character. One eleven year old boy was sent home because he came dressed like Christian Grey from the novel, 50 Shades of Grey. The article made me curious to know how this elementary school student even knew how to dress up like the character. From the time of birth to various stages in their lives children are impressionable.    CREATED by Deon Wilson, played by Dev Patel (The Last Airbender, Slumdog Millionaire), the security robots of the police force were a big success as they kept crime down in the city. However when Deon gave one robot a conscience, Deon’s rival Vincent Moore, played by Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, The Prestige), decided to take steps to protect his life’s work. This action, science fiction thriller had a thought provoking story. The idea of uploading a program to give a robot the freedom to think for itself was fascinating to me; especially because the transformed robot named Chappie, played by Sharito Copley (District 9, Maleficent), was essentially an impressionable infant. Unfortunately the idea for this story was poorly executed. Except for the wonderful visuals, the story was far-fetched and unbelievable in places. The acting was nothing special but the script did not do it any favors. For such an intriguing concept I was disappointed in this predictable story that felt shallow and boring at times. Along with the memories from the 2 earlier events before seeing Chappie, I still spent time afterwards thinking not only about the possibilities of having a conscious robot but the responsibilities. There were a few brief scenes that showed blood.


1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 9, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. That’s too bad. I was having high hopes for that one. I just watched the 2014 remake of Robocop and thought the same thing. There was some real potential with the idea, but then it just descended in the standard shoot-em-up flick – which is fine, so long as there’s a story. I’ll save Chappie for when it come out on Amazon Prime.

  2. So, Die Antwood are also actors..
    “I think you’re a robot and I like it al lot” 🙂

  3. The idea has such potential so its a shame the movie didn’t fulfil its promise. I’m finding lately that so many movies needed to go through more drafts, more fine-tuning. Too many good ideas are being wasted.

    And I agree with you about the kids. My boys are no angels- far from it – but they know how to behave in public and are respectful of the property of others. Last time we dined out, I was urging my kids to speak a little more quietly so as not to disturb the conversations of adjacent diners. Meanwhile the children of another family were running full tilt around the restaurant, banging into chairs and almost spinning staff off their feet yet the adults whose care they were under did not even bat an eyelid. So odd. But not as odd as dressing your kid as a character from an adult book. The mind boggles at that one!

    • I am so glad you agree with my thoughts; what is wrong with people who seem to shut down as their offspring run wild. LOL, yea I was blown away about the dress up character.

  4. Ah boo! Hate when a good story is wasted :/

  5. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I think I get where you’re coming from. Though the premise is very intriguing and the robots look fantastic, the trailer didn’t promise much of a story beyond a mildly altered “Pinocchio” type scenario.

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