Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action/sci-fi flick, “Chappie,” into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was very entertaining with lots of great action and intense drama.
However, I have to say that the storyline got a bit silly there towards the end with transferring people’s consciousness inside a robot’s body and what not, but whatever. It stars: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er.
In the new flick, the Johannesburg, the South African government purchased new, cutting-edge series of armour-plated, semi-A.I. operated attack robots from weapons manufacturer, TetravaalIn, in an effort to reduce the notoriously high crime rate in the area. They proved to be an instant success.
Back at the company’s Johannesburg plant, the robot’s designer, Deon Wilson, attracts the anger of Vincent Moore (hugh Jackman), an Australian engineer whose own design, MOOSE, is ridiculed for being too over the top. Deon also created a new Artificial Intelligence software that mimics human intelligence to the point of being able to feel emotions and have opinions. However, he has to steal a previously damaged and defective robot to test it out on after getting denied permission from the head boss,Michelle Bradley.
At this point, the movie takes dreaded return when Deon is kidnapped by a couple of thugs, seeking to have the robots get shut down. After telling them, the robots can’t be turned off, he agrees to build them a special robot with his new, artificial intelligence software with the option of being able to teach it, because it acts very much like a baby at first and has to be trained.
Once the robot is built, the thugs, of course, want to train the robot to help them commit crimes, In particular, pull off a big money heist. They also name the robot Chappie. Deon attempts to teach Chappie not to commit crimes, but it doesn’t quite set all the way in before the thugs run him off, so they can teach Chappie to do what they want.
They eventually get Chappie to steal cars for them and commit other various crimes, but he always held on to a little bit of what Deon taught him. Deon eventually returns to reclaim Chappie. However, he’s met with difficulty as Chappie is told that his battery was always going to die with no way of repairing it, causing him to hate Deon.
To add to the troubles, Vincent takes Deon’s robots offline and makes Chappie look very bad in an effort to get his large, awful MOOSE bot approved to go forward. As soon as he does, he controls the MOOSE robot to attack Deon, Chappie and his thug family. This leads to a very dramatic conclusion that involved Chappie rising to the occasion to take out the MOOSE bot. However, Deon and Yolandi who became like a mother to Chappie, are fatally wounded in the altercation, leading to Chappie putting their consciousness into robot bodies.
Again, I thought the movie was very entertaining. However, the plot got a little silly and weird for me at the end there with the the whole “let’s start putting their consciousness into a robot body” thing. I gave the movie a solid B+ grade. Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.