Set in the not too distant future, in the city of Johannesburg, Chappie shows us a world where crime has become so bad that we require a mechanised police force. When one droid happens into the hands of a bumbling group of criminals (Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord), along with receiving new programming, we are introduced to Chappie (voice by Sharlto Copley).
For those expecting a tough action movie, they are going to be sadly disappointed. Chappie tries to tell a story of care and love for human life, but falls short. The duo of Ninja and Yo-Landie are irritating, and lacking in any sort of character depth. The accent that Chappie learns from these two is just as irritating, and very soon wears thing. Stars Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver do little to raise the stakes.
For those who’ve seen District 9, you’re in for some similar feel to the visuals, The effects aren’t bad in the film, but one feels that even these could have done with a bit more attention.
Chappie is mediocre at best, being pulled down mainly in part by some of the main characters, their lack of talent and what at times feels like an advert for the band Die Antwoord, and their questionable definition of what is cool
Chappie opens 13 March 2015 in South African cinemas.