In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a dange...more
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. less
“Chappie's spectacular visual effects go to waste thanks to a painfully silly script. ”
Chappie is a movie that would have worked well in Hindi. It has the kind of melodrama that Bollywood does to perfection.
In South Africa, in 2016, robots are used to fight crimes. Their creator (Dev Patel, an appropriately geeky kid) devises an artificial intelligence program and installs in in one of the androids. A gang of thugs, including a girl, steals that robot. They are planning a heist to get some money to pay off a gang lord. They want to use the robot in their plans but this new intelligent robot has emotions and feelings and is still a child in it’s development stage and will not shoot or kill.
The film throws up an interesting question on nature v/s nurture. Is your innate intelligence greater than your environment in shaping your personality? The question is answered as Chappie (which is his name given by the gang leader) calls the girl his mommy and the leader his daddy and then steals for them inpsote of the fact that his natural proclivity is towards playing with a Barbie doll.
There are a few funny yet sad scenes where the bad guys corrupt the mind of the robot. However, all this comes to nothing as the movie at the most crucial junctures in its development becomes maudlin and over emotional. This is where Bollywood movie would have burst into a song about ‘maa’ and beta and a cuddly mother son number between the girl and the robot would have sorted the emotional bits letting the story go on to the more exciting parts. But English movies do not have this fantastic device and so falter and become melodramatic where action is called for.
Chappie is not that good a watch but I have a feeling that slightly older kids may enjoy the drama and the comic bits and identify himself or herself with Chappie. Not highly recommended but you won’t be very bored either.