Monday, March 9, 2015
Movie News: Chappie
The film "Chappie" opened this weekend with less than stellar reception. With a rotten tomatoes score of around 30% the movie seems like a real turnoff when oscar winning movies such as "The Imitation Game" and "Still Alice" are still playing in theaters. Despite the numbers and the apparent dislike towards the film, I rather enjoyed it. The movie opens up in a less than original way, with interviews of people commentating on what defines AI and consciousness, and then transitions into a mix of news stories about the advance robots that have become integral in the police force. After this we see the standard gangsters with standard gangster problems, and movie takes off from there. There is a strangely beautiful mix between the gangsters and the world, and it is extremely difficult to describe exactly what the characters are like unless you've seen them in action. At first glance it seems like the tone of the whole thing is thrown off by the sheer craziness of the main cast of gangsters. On closer inspection however, it is easy to see a what a masterful job the director does at setting the tone, and the characters that seemed like stupid gang bangers in the beginning start to grow on you as it becomes clear that they aren't as cold and heartless as they once appearer. It brings to light that these characters are victims of their own situation, doing what they have to do to survive, and that underneath it they have things that they care about too. The film gives us a small glimpse into the human existence and what really defines as us human. Now having said that don't go into the film expecting some super metaphysical film, but rather about a robot with a consciousness that was raised by gangsters to be thug as sh*t. Overall this movie was either entirely intentional or just an accidental mash of all of the things, either way it left enough of a lasting impression to make me write this review at 1 AM on a Monday. Oh yeah and Hugh Jackman is in it, and he's the bad guy, and he's super sneaky in his cargo shorts, super sneaky. You'll get it once you watch the movie.