The film is well directed and the script has its moments, but much like Elysium, there's so much cliche and meandering that it becomes much less than it could've been. I will say that those two rappers (with zero acting experience) as surprisingly great actors in this film.
A heatwarming cyberpunk gangsta action/comedy. I can't understand how this appeal could be lost on the critics. Blomkamp gives fellow South African artists Die Antwoord the spotlight and the result is a mash-up for the ages. Pure bliss for any fan of these two incredible creative forces.
I have no idea what this bonkers film was but if it was a comedy it was hilarious- I definitely wasn't bored! I'M AS CROSS AS A FROG IN A SOCK!!!! The script is laughably bad at times and oh my god it was even funnier as Ninja actually takes himself seriously. Poor Dev Patel trying to seriously act amidst the chaos. 3*
To put it simply, I already like previous movie by Neill. So when this movie came out I am so excited and I watch it on premier show in my local cinema. Yes it deliver what I expect from Blomkamp movies, I like sci-fi movies and this is one of my favorite, I love the supporting cast Yolandi and Ninja, I think they did a pretty good job, and not forget to mention the performance from Mr Copley that bring Chappie alive
From a cult perspective this film is quite okay. This accounts for the typical 'tough guy turns lovable' and 'evil good guy' cliches, and also for some of the ridiculous humor, which then makes sense at times. Chappie is a very nice looking robot and the idea of transferring consciousness is an interesting sci-fi classic. It was a fun watch. Fun detail by the way: all of the computers seem to be running on Linux.
Three films into his oeuvre and I can't shake the sense that Neill Blomkamp makes movies about ideas rather than people. "Chappie" is lovingly designed within an inch of its life - here you'll find shades of Verhoeven's "Robocop" and the anime "Appleseed" by way of Johannesburg - but the characters lack autonomy, the script merely moving them along the necessary track in order to set up an ultra-violent climax.