Sinopsis :Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from any one else: he is a robot. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Brandon Auret, Johnny Selema, Anderson Cooper, Maurice Carpede, Jason Cope, Kevin Otto, Chris Shields, Bill Marchant, Robert Hobbs, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Mark K. Xulu, Sherldon Marema, Shaheed Hajee, James Hendricks, Julian Brits, David Davadoss, Anneli Muller, Kendal Watt, Chan Marti, Vuyelwa Booi, Mike Blomkamp, Anthony Bishop, Paul Dobson, Max Poolman, Alistair Prodgers, Wandile Molebatsi, Arran Henn, Thami Ngubeni, James Bitonti, Andea Volschenk, Hein De Vries, Dan Hirst, Paul Hampshire, Graeme Duffy, Miranda Frigon, Edwin Gagiano, Janus Prinsloo, Sean O. Roberts Genre: Crime, Action, Science Fiction Production: Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Alpha Core, Genre Films, Simon Kinberg Productions, LStar Capital, Ollin Studio Keyword: #artificial intelligence #android #robot #near future #robot cop
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As with all of Neill Blomkamp's works, the director attempts to create a completely alien world with its own geography, culture, and societies - and then tell a complex story in just two hours. "Chappie" begins no differently, but instead of focusing on one central plot line, the movie tries to merge several elaborate themes, which not only conflict but also could have easily filled their own separate films. The concept of creating artificial intelligence that must learn through observation is one with vast potential and endless exploration, yet it feels considerably restricted within the confining walls of a derivative action movie.
In a not-so-distant Johannesburg, South Africa, the implementation of a robot police force has drastically reduced crime. Deon Wilson (Dev Patel), the creator of the lifesaving "Scout" android, responsible for disrupting the anarchy of heavily-armed heisters, envisions progress beyond mere programmable weaponry. Despite objections from the Tetravaal company CEO, Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver), he tests his artificial consciousness on a damaged unit primed for disposal.
Intent on shutting down the authorities' mechanized infantry by gaining control of a possible universal remote, a gang kidnaps Deon, but instead acquires "Chappie," a childlike robot yearning for guidance and acceptance. As Yolandi (Yolandi Visser), Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones), and Amerika (Jose Pablo Cantillo) attempt to teach Chappie the gangster lifestyle, Deon asks the impressionable android to swear never to participate in criminal activities. When Chappie discovers his battery is dying and that the only way to pay for a replacement body is to pull off a heist, he must decide if doing the wrong thing for the right reason is worth breaking his promise - all while a monstrous threat descends upon his ragtag family of outlaws.
It's not just an updated "Robocop" (1987) in spirit; "Chappie" is essentially a complete copycat. From the chaotic streets of a poverty-ridden slum to the competing businessmen at a defense company in bed with police forces to the character and robot designs (MOOSE is far beyond a simple homage to ED-209), "Chappie" steals its entire setup from Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi masterpiece. Counterparts for nearly every role seem to manifest until the premise is unmistakably imitative. And the remaining, smaller details are just as second-hand, swiped from other pictures including "The Terminator," "I, Robot," and "The Road Warrior."
Despite the complete lack of originality, "Chappie" does possess a certain amusement in the hopelessly irreverent foster parents who attempt to craft him in their own disagreeable likenesses. Sporting urban bling and brandishing a handgun sideways are momentarily wry nods of social commentary permeating the obvious class disparities (an element of many futuristic, dystopian settings), but it wears thin in repeated doses. The morality tale doesn't fit with the tone or environment; Blomkamp apparently can't make a straightforward actioner devoid of connections to South Africa's socioeconomic and political climates. In the end, those themes are unable to win out against the wildly far-fetched science-fiction notions of digitizing consciousness and showcasing an artificial intelligence designed to duplicate the learning process of a human infant (or a frightened animal). And they're just as unimpressive. The parenting bits, intended to be compelling, become downright silly.
Casting Hugh Jackman in an antagonist role might seem like a fresh idea, but his part quickly devolves into an entirely predictable template. His character does everything audiences expect, based on the commonplace behaviors of countless movie villains – the types thrown in simply to add extra adversity. In many ways, "Chappie" plays out like the most formulaic of superhero endeavors, from stock heroes and villains to extensive CG to slow-motion-infused action sequences to neatly wrapped up conclusions – with just enough loose ends to make room for an easy sequel. Much of us have commented that we are nearly on the brink of creating artificial intelligence, but if regular people use the Siri on their iPhones to make calls or hear about the weather, then it would seem like that we have been using it for a while. When most people think about artificial intelligence, they assume that a Stephen Hawking-like machine will be able to teach a class the next day, but they don't seem to understand the definition. Having intelligence doesn't quite mean genius, so that intelligence could only apply to a bit of information like what your phones are telling you. So if we have this so called intelligence, then why is everyone still complaining that we don't have it yet?