2016 | M | Action, Comedy, Crime
After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. Continue reading
Review by Jennifer
Yes, very much. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind.
The title character in Chappie is a robot who’s given consciousness, which is not a new concept in science fiction by any means. But the way it’s done here is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. This is partly due to the unique South African point of view that Neill Blomkamp brings to all his films – Chappie is rough-and-ready in a way that you usually wouldn’t expect from a sci-fi film, especially one dealing with futuristic technology. Blomkamp’s District 9 had this same brutal perspective, and ruthlessly hammered it home all the way through. But despite its brutal aspects, Chappie has some truly heartwarming moments, accentuated by a feral sense of humour.
All this is enhanced by the fact that, for most of its duration, Chappie is basically Die Antwoord: The Movie. The Cape Town rap group is famous (infamous, perhaps) for their extreme, in-your-face style. They really are perfect for this movie, but if you hate their abrasive, gangster personas then you won’t enjoy the film.
Also, fun fact: The robot design for Chappie is based on a 2006 Blomkamp short film called Tempbot which you can watch online.
You’re looking for something really original and different, and don’t have a problem with violence and strong language. Also, if you’ve always wondered what a robot with an Afrikaner accent would sound like…
Yolandi and Ninja from Die Antwoord must look at American gangsta rappers and think “man, you have NO idea…”