Last month – or maybe two months ago – I went to the movies with one of my best friends to watch Chappie. After we had queued for salty popcorn and grape slushies we crept into the cinema because we were (as per usual) late. But don’t worry, there is always at least 15 minutes of ads. Greeeeeeeeeat.
I could not have expected that this movie was going to be so amazing. The movie was set in Johannesburg, South Africa (my hometown!) .It’s about a guy who designs robots for the police force but he wants to take it further to get the robots to feel emotions too. So he takes a robot that seems broken and uses it for his tests. There is also a jealous collegue of his trying to design bigger and stronger robots. While all this is going on the audience is introduced to a couple of “gangsters” who are trying to get money (duh) and so they decide that if they can get past the robots they can rob anything they want. They start to search for the maker of the robots so they can acquire some form of control of the robots. They find emotional-robot-designer-guy and together they rebuild the broken robot with emotions and begin to teach it skills. As the story progresses the audience begins to grow more attached to the robot that has been nicknamed Chappie. It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions.
The movie has quite a famous cast. Dev Patel stars as emotional-robot-designer-guy and you might know him as Sonny in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or as Jamal in Slumdog Milionaire. Hugh Jackman is the jealous-designer-guy (I was constantly expecting his Wolverine claws to come out). Sharlto Copley plays the robot, Chappie. He played Wikus van ser Merwe in District 9 (another famous South African movie). And the gangsters are played by none other than Die Antwoord, a world famous South African band consisting of members Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser.
I recommend this movie. It’s pretty kick-ass.