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Times of India
In the future, Johannesburga s police use an army of armoured droids called Scouts, to combat criminals. Droid creator Deon (Patel) tries out a new AI (Artificial Intelligence) program on a damaged robot, which then develops a human personality.
Deon, who works at a technology company, is a genius. The cubicle he sits in cannot contain his big ideas regarding robotics. Office bully Vincent (Jackman) has his own negative take on the dangers of AI and takes Deona s case at any opportunity.
When Deon tells his boring boss Michelle (Weaver) that he has discovered the key to AI, she in effect, calls him crazy. Incredulous but undeterred, he steals away a junked Scout along with his AI software but is waylaid by some criminals (Ninja and Yolandi) who want to capture and reprogram a Scout to a switch offa the Scout army. Deon reprograms the robot and thata s when Chappie is born a a baby in a heavy metal body who then cycles through an accelerated adolescence.
This is where the reference to 1987a s Robocop comes in a a breakaway police robot a adopteda by the very people he was built to kill. Chappie calls Deon his a Makera . Ninja and Yolandi are dubbed a Daddya and a Mummya , respectively. Yolandi completely pampers Chappie like a doting mom, reading him bedtime stories and telling him about life after death and having a soul. Ninja teaches Chappie how to rob posh cars and shoot guns.
Therea s a lot going on in Chappie a a somewhat dystopian future where crime is so rampant that droids are required to take down thugs, a slightly deviant tale of what happens when a machine becomes self-aware with its own AI and subtexts regarding parenting.
Therea s the surreal touch - Blomkamp using a real-life cyberpunk rap-rave group Die Antwoord, comprising Ninja and Yolandi, whose colourful attire match their cuss words. Chappiea s innocence is strangely endearing. Patel is a natural as the nerd scientist. As a movie, Chappie is slightly bonkers (Jackman in cargo shorts, humans babying a robot, Copleya s voice intonations for his character, etc), but delightfully so.
South African actor Sharlto Copley and director Neill Blomkamp are longtime close friends, having attended the same high school together. Copley has appeared in all of director Neill Blomkamp’s three feature films. In CHAPPIE he plays the title character.
Chappie stars controversial South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, who are both fans of Neill Blomkamp's work. Ninja even has a District 9tattoo on his inner lip.
Sharlto Copley performed the role of Chappie the robot on camera, performing in each scene opposite the other characters. Director Blomkamp worked with the wizards at the VFX facility Image Engine to bring Chappie to fruition, painting the robot Chappie over Copley’s performance and creating the robot from Copley’s movements.
Although Hugh Jackman is Australian and plays Australian character Vincent in Chappie, he still had to practice his accent because it was much stronger than his natural accent.
In an unusual twist, South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yo-landi Visser play themselves in Chappie. The movie also features their edgy music.
Although Dev Patel plays a robotics engineer in Chappie, he confesses to being a technophobe in real life.
Ninja purportedly misbehaved on the sets, allegedly ruining his relationship with director Neill Blomkamp.
The scouts' rabbit ear antennae are inspired by the character Briareos from Masamune Shirow's manga Appleseed, of which Neill Blomkamp is a fan.
Apart from Sharlto Copley, Brandon Auret and Jose Pablo Cantillo are good friends with Neill Blomkamp. They have appeared in the films Blomkamp has previously helmed.
After fighting giant evil robots in 'Real Steel' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', this is the third time Hugh Jackman will be dealing with robots in a feature film.
When Chappie uploads Yolandi’s consciousness to a female robot at the end, we are given no prior inkling that Tetravaal used to manufacture such robots and also, how would Chappie know of their existence?
Crime rates are sky high in Johannesburg in the future. Therefore, the police force in the city have no choice but to enlist the help of armoured robots called Scouts in order to tackle this menace. The Scouts are made by s tech firm called Tetravaal. This proves to be useful in combating crime.
The Scouts are made by genius scientist Deon Wilson, who everyone respects and praises for his achievement. There's another engineer Vincent Moore who is suspicious of Artificial Intelligence and is jealous of Deon's achievements. He himself has designed his own attack robot called MOOSE, which unlike the Scouts, is remote-controlled by a human.
One day, Deon manages to successfully test and create a program of Artificial Intelligence that can allow a computer to feel emotions, have opinions, paint, and compose music and so on. However, Tetravaal CEO Michelle Bradley is not excited about this and denies him permission to test the A.I. on a real Scout. Not to be outdone, Deon steals a recently damaged robot before it is destroyed and puts it in his van. He steals a 'guard key' needed to access and update a robot's master memory.
As he makes his way back from the Tetravaal office, he is waylaid by a group of criminals, Ninja, Yolandi and Yankie (a minor character in the film), who say they will kill him unless he reprograms a police robot to fight for them or, in Yolanda's words, "switch off" the other Scouts like one switches off a TV with a remote control. Deon has no choice but to load the new software into the damaged robot. The process is successful and Chappie the robot powers up. Deon and Yolandi calm the robot, teaching it words and Yolandi names it "Chappie". Ninja returns to the room and tells Deon to get out, now that his work is done. Deon wants to stay and teach the robot but has no choice but to reluctantly leave.
It turns out that Ninja's gang have only a few days to pay a debt of 20 million rand to a rival gangster gangster. Yolandi is keen on treating Chappie like a baby son, but Ninja becomes impatient with his learning due to both the looming deadline for repaying the debt as well as the fact that Chappie's battery is running out and being fused to his chest thanks to damage sustained in a previous firefight, is irreplaceable. He only has a few more days to live.
While Yolandi mothers him, Ninja trains Chappie in the ways of a gangster. As part of this training, he leaves him to fend for himself in a dangerous neighbourhood. Chappie is attacked by a group of thugs and later seized by Vincent, who has learned that Chappie exists as a kind of super-robot after following Deon to the hideout. Vincent then takes out the guard key from Chappie and intends to use it on his own robot. Traumatized and one arm less, Chappie soon escapes from him and returns to the hideout. Yolandi is very upset and scolds Ninja for leaving Chappie in such an environment as the robot has the mind of a kid. Ninja reasons with Chappie, fooling him into thinking that stabbing someone will just make them go to sleep. He trains Chappie in martial arts and small arms handling. Ninja and Yankie trick Chappie into stealing cars for them, and lie to him about needing the money to replace his dying body.
Back at Tetravaal, uploads a virus into every police robot, including Chappie using the aforementioned guard key. They all get shut them down. Riots take place in the streets, full of street fighting men. Deon takes Chappie back to the Tetravaal factory and restarts him. Knowing that his battery is low, Chappie sees a helmet which controls MOOSE. He takes it away and re-engineers it to allow him to transfer his consciousness into a computer. Since he cannot change his battery, he will therefore transfer his consciousness to another robot his current one dies.
Ninja and gang use Chappie to rob a van full of money so that Ninja can pay his debt with this heist. After the heist is done, Ninja tells Chappie that he lied about there being a new body for Chappie. Chappie is enraged and almost kills Ninja. Deon suddenly arrives on the scene, telling then that Michelle has orders out that Chappie is a renegade and is to be caught and destroyed.
The MOOSE robot (remote controlled by Vincent) arrives on the scene and kills Yankie. Hippo, who has arrived also arrives to collect his debt and fatally shoots Deon. After killing Hippo, Ninja distracts MOOSE while Chappie and Yolandi head to the Tetravaal factory. MOOSE then shoots Yolandi, killing her. As MOOSE looks poised to kill Ninja, Chappie destroys it by detonating a bomb that he had previously implanted on the robot.
Chappie is enraged by Yolandi's death and drives the mortally wounded Deon to the factory so that he can get Deon a new body too. He storms into the office where Vincent is and beats Vincent him to the point of death. He then transfers Deon's consciousness into another robot via the special helmet. Deon, now a robot, then wirelessly transfers Chappie's consciousness into several deactivated police robots nearby. They then go off into hiding. Ninja is saddened by Yolandi's death but holds on to a flash drive marked 'Mommy's Consciousness', which contains a copy of Yolandi's consciousness that Chappie had made earlier. Chappie then breaks into Tetravaal's assembly lines and uploads Yolandi's consciousness into a female-looking robot.
Neill Blomkamp's American science fiction film Chappie released in India on March 13, 2015.
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And the man finally returns to his vintage form. Hans Zimmer scores CHAPPIE in his BLACK RAIN style. Superb rhythm and electronics.