Movies Open Forum: CHAPPiE written by Robert Reineke March 5, 2015 Neil Blomkamp had a great feature debut with DISTRICT 9, and a disappointing followup with ELYSIUM. CHAPPiE has been getting mixed reviews, but we’re always willing to let our readers have their say. Perhaps the writing is on the wall considering how Blomkamp’s ALIENS followup seems to have overshadowed the release of CHAPPiE. But, even the early reviews haven’t really been worse than mixed, so while it might not be a total success, it might still be a worthwhile trip to the movies. Besides that, the action, special effects, and acting of Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver might be worth discussing. Not to mention, the film’s intentions may be worth discussing whether or not the film lives up to them. Even not entirely successful films can lead to interesting discussions. I should be seeing this tomorrow. It would be nice to be surprised. Open Forum: CHAPPiE was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Chappie 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON next post Lady Sif Stars In New AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Poster You may also like Steven Soderbergh reimagines 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY January 14, 2015 Trailer: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2nd Trailer) February 15, 2016 The Hunger Games – President Snow Calls... June 25, 2014 The Indomitable JURASSIC WORLD Super Bowl Spot February 2, 2015 Michael Keaton is BIRDMAN June 12, 2014 Open Forum: TERMINATOR: GENISYS June 30, 2015 CinemaCon 2013: Warner Bros. Presentation April 17, 2013 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Makes a First... June 26, 2014 TERMINATOR: GENISYS and the Case of the... April 13, 2015 Alan Taylor In Talks To Direct TERMINATOR... September 6, 2013 Marie I’m really interested in seeing this. Good or bad, I allow myself to determine that. Robert Reineke I wanted to like this, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to join with the critical pile on. It’s tolerable due to some stellar special effects, Sharlto Copley, and Dev Patel, but it’s beyond shallow and buried in a ton of bad performances by South African rappers. Sigourney Weaver is wasted and Hugh Jackman is stuck in a thankless, one note role. It brings up ideas and then never follows through with exploring the implications of them. That’s especially noticeable near the end. It doesn’t work as a film or ideas or as a roller coaster. I’m really starting to think that Blomkamp is a one trick pony. And that one trick is no longer a show stopper. I recommend watching the original Robocop again instead. Chappie is derivative of Robocop, but other than having the advantage of nearly 30 years of special effects progress, Robocop is superior in every other way, and especially the ways that matter. I’m not optimistic about Blomkamp’s Alien film. Not unless someone else is writing it. Dennis Ramirez This doesn’t bode well… I was so excited about Blomkamp’s Alien announcement, but the reviews for Chappie are totally raining on my parade. Aliens is my favorite movie of all time, and I was willing to give Blomkamp the benefit of the doubt because he seems so passionate about making a proper sequel to it, but my faith is starting to waver. I think you’re right that he’s going to need another writer to give his creativity some focus. I’m getting the sense that he’s more of an idea man that an actual writer. I really hope it works out. I’m not sure how many more mediocre entries the Alien franchise can take. DarkKnight123 I would not be surprised if they find another Director for Aliens. I enjoyed Chappie, and would have loved it, if I had never seen District 9 or Elysium. It was decent up until the “plot twist” then it became the previous films again. I heard he did not write Chappie, so I thought it would be different. We may have another M Night Shyamalan here. I don’t see how he can throw in one of those plot twist into Aliens, it is a whole different universe, it may turn out good. But I won’t hold my breath.