CHAPPiE

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!

Tyrannosaur

A couple of Sunday afternoons ago, I watched the movie Tyrannosaur. This film is something that is definitely not a fun afternoon of viewing but it is a very good film. With the two key protagonists turning in very powerful performances, this film is something that will definitely leave a lasting memory.

It’s a very simple film, that revolves around two lives that are each tough in their own differing ways and the story that brings them together. It’s a fairly straight forward story with some good twists. It’s definitely not a film to watch on your own if you’re feeling low. Peter Mullan and Oliva Colman (who has recently been on British terrestrial TV staring in the excellent Broadchurch mini-series) portray these lead roles but there is also a strong supporting cast including Eddie Marsan that results in believable supporting characters without them stealing the show.

I’m not going to say any more because I don’t want to give any of the plot and story away. Suffice to say, watch it.

Steve

Suspiria

So last night I watched the Dario Argento movie Suspiria on DVD. It’s a horror film from the mid 70s and something of a classic. There’s an intense soundscape throughout the film and the sets are awash with bright, bold colours. Definitely worth seeing for the sound and sets alone, but it is entertaining too.

It’s just a shame the audio mix isn’t more consistent – the levels are all over the place. That’s the only real negative with this DVD movie and apparently the same sound problem exists on the blu-ray.

I hope you like your blood thick and bright! Enjoy…