So I’ve recently made a trip to the super-friendly (you book tickets by leaving your name with them over the phone – none of this paying in advance rubbish!) local cinema to see the new movie by writer (along with wife Terri Tatchell) and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), ‘CHAPPiE’. Once again, Sharlto Copley is in the movie and I thought that Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser from Die Antwoord as “themselves” were pretty awesome choices for the film.
This is another sci-fi movie set in a dystopian Jo’burg, South Africa, in which the local police force have been supplemented by robotic officers controlled by independent advanced programs. Designed by an ambitious young programmer (Dev Patel) who has dreams of creating a true artificial intelligence that can learn and evolve, making decisions for itself rather than being constrained by an advanced program. Of course, those decisions might not always be the ones you want your creation to make…
I don’t want to give too much away for those that may not have seen the film so I’ll try not to directly talk about what happens but be warned reading on may spoil reveal some aspects of the movie if you’ve not yet been to see it for yourself.
To me, this movie is an interesting and entertaining commentary on free will, choice and what is required to be considered to be truly alive, whilst doing a fair job of colouring and bending what is to be considered “good” and “evil”. It’s also got some neat and interesting sci-fi ideas in there that have certainly been used before but are deployed here to good effect. Throw in some good action sequences and film that looks and feels believable and you have a compelling piece to watch. Go see it!