Average User Score: 6.7Apr 20, 2015First: This is not an action movie with lots of special effects and Oscar-winning performances. This movie is super downbeat, cerebral, quiet,First: This is not an action movie with lots of special effects and Oscar-winning performances. This movie is super downbeat, cerebral, quiet, and sometimes unsettling. If you get bored easily this movie is not for you. Second: I never read the book, and if I did I wouldn't rate this movie based on it. With that out of the way I found myself transfixed when watching this movie. To be honest, I think I would have been bored silly watching ScarJo drive around for as much as she did, but the eerie, grindy violin soundtrack was hypnotizing, and the camera work, scene composition, and lighting were quite beautiful. It was a pleasure to watch. These moment of course are punctuated with some very trippy and unsettling scenes where the true nature of the mysterious woman who drives around picking up men is revealed, and the effect it has on her. It's a strange movie, but worth the watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Apr 3, 2015Chappie was an okay movie, but not great. It was certainly entertaining and had moments that made me smile and chuckle, but otherwise itChappie was an okay movie, but not great. It was certainly entertaining and had moments that made me smile and chuckle, but otherwise it didn't really bring anything else to the table.
I like Die Antwoord, and they were actually pretty good in the movie but I found their shameless self- promotion in every scene quite jarring (Yolandi and "Ninja" play the same roles as they do in their band, listen to their own music, wear their own T-Shirts, etc). Some have mentioned this movie is some kind of tribute to them, but I don't see how. There was some wasted star power from Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman, though I will say that Sharlto Copley's performance as Chappie was quite excellent.
Tonality wise, it felt like this movie couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The Robocop meets Short Circuit vibe was *very* on the nose, and sadly the two concepts blended together like oil and water. In fact, it could have easily been a great family movie if it weren't for the swearing, nudity, and gore (all of which contributed nothing to the overall experience). As a result the whole thing felt like a dumbed down B-movie with really good effects (which isn't bad if that's what you had intended to watch).
Lastly, this movie's theme was lost on me. Perhaps there wasn't one. It certainly lacked what District 9 and Elysium had, so don't expect any thoughtful commentary about Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, or South African street crime.… Expand