Like a two hour Die Antwoord music video - aka awesomesauce!
Neill Bloomkamp made a name for himself with his first feature film District 9, which garnered four Oscar nominations and countless other accolades. Since then Bloomkamp has stuck to the same science fiction thematic where there is a clash between humanity and alternative life forms in the not so distant future.
In that way, Chappie is a stale recreation, as it too follows the similar plot structure. This time, the clash arises from technology utilized in a mechanized police force and the argument of whether these robotic cyborgs can exist autonomously. Chappie also examines the existence of artificial life, and what makes us human. Don’t worry though, while all that material sounds overly dense and philosophical, Chappie is a vivid and hilarious adventure of crime, badassery and killer clothes and hair.
It seems as though Chappie is a get it or miss it, love it or hate it, kind of film. Lucky for the producers and actors, we at Archon loved it and got it. It is a sweet film that creatively looks into the existence of life, consciousness and innocence in a ridiculously creative way. The presence of Die Antwoord, namely Ninja and Yolandi-Visser, is a wonderful complement to the ideas and humor of the film.
It’s hard to describe Chappie because it’s such a mixture of different components. But, imagine a delightful and enchanting concoction of candy, neon lights, drugs, alcohol, guns all held together with a good helping of alternative hip-hop and electronic rave music thrown in.
So what do you have to look forward to if you give Chappie a chance? An endearing robot named Chappie learning who he is, what he is, and how he fits into the world. This wide-eyed view of a gangster-ridden South Africa might not have been enough, but learning from near cartoonish Ninja and Yolandi is original and wildly entertaining.
If you are a fan of creativity, and tend to move ahead of trends rather than with them, you will adore this film. Chappie has heart, charisma, and a broader message, the characters are compelling and connect with the audience, drawing them in for the entirety of the narrative.