Absolutely incredible and brings up a legitimate question of whether advanced AI is real deserving of rights that humans share or is it simply a construct. Neill Blomkamp has a really great imagination with his directing and storytelling that is present in District 9, again in Elysium and here in Chappie. There are aspects within the context of his films that gives them more depth than the usual sci fi features we normally get. He succeeds to varying degrees but overall, it works incredibly well. Chappie goes in directions that can keep you guessing at times but the message and reflection on human nature for good and ill are beautifully told. I highly recommend the film. Great story, great acting and cast. Hollywood needs more original films like this instead the constant superhero drab and sequalitis that we've been getting.
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CHAPPiE is a film that takes certain taste to like, but that's far from being a bad film. I think people confuse the presenting of humans in poverty, with being stupid. And the humans caught up in politics, corporatism, and economy as tropes. While the A.I. of CHAPPiE is a narrative or criticism of modern society. But that is not what the film is doing I think. CHAPPiEs a vision for how dangerous, tragedy filled, and chaotic beginnings are. Characters in the film are caught in a paradigm shift, the collapse of labor and intellect based compensation economy. The start to post scarcity economics. And the reality that human existence when transference of sentience is possible through software and hardware has profound questions on identity, perceived immorality of ego, and lots of other weighty material. For something that is two hours long that's lots of ground to cover, and the film does an admirable job. Also I think unfamiliarity with zef culture, the shifting conditions of South African politics, economy, and national identity post Apartheid, will leave many western viewers needing to play cultural 'catch up' to appreciate the human story at its core.
Fantastic film. Chappie, voiced by Sharlto Copely, was fascinating to watch. The main characters are actually South African musicians (die antwoord) who don't look any different from their real life personas and use their real names in the film. I utterly hated Ninja for most of the film. But by the end, his character progression quickly changed my view and he became my favorite. I would love to see this guy do more films. The way the film resolves the story may be a bit to fantastical for Western audiences who tend to like more realistic SciFi. But, if you can suspend your disbelief, this film will leave you wondering and asking questions about consciousness. And if you love Blomkamp's movies, this latest film won't disappoint.
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