Movie Title: Chappie
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Chappie is the world’s saddest robot movie. Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) has developed a supreme artificial intelligence that has been used to automate the police force of Johannesburg, South Africa. It has been wildly successful. Crime is down and the company that has produced it has made a lot of money. But, Deon Wilson has a pet project on the side. He is trying to develop a truly sentient artificial intelligence. While sitting at home he puts the finishing touches on the program. He goes to see his boss Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) who refuses to let him proceed. Wilson takes a robot that has been decommissioned due to significant damage and uploads his program into it.
This is not done under ideal circumstances. Deon had to steal a special key that allows the programming to be manipulated from work along with the robot. Shortly after leaving the compound Deon is captured by Ninja a disgruntled criminal with an enormous price on his head. Chappie is like a child and he grows up in a terrible environment. Deon tries to exert his influence over his development, but it is limited because the exposure is so much less than that of Ninja. Simultaneously, Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) is intent on pushing forward with his own police development. The divergent story lines come to a head with Chappie needing to make ethical decisions and acknowledging his own mortality. It is at times funny and moving even with the action being broken up into choppy bits.
Chappie is a fun movie with style that certainly has a sad lilt to its tone. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Smokey and the Bandit (1977)