Posts Tagged ‘Consciousness’

Chappie Lives

March 10, 2015

I have to say that I didn’t know what to think when I went into the theatre to see this movie, other than a veritable feast for the eyes. Neill Blomkamp is a perfect director when it comes to viaual wow factor, but most people have mixed feelings beyond that. I’m not here to tell you that you should love his films the way I love his films, that’s for you to decide. But I am here to say that Chappie almost tops District 9 as his crowning achievement. I saw many critical reactions to weak story, poor acting, or ideas that never reach their full potential. But all of them agreed on a visual level, or at least most did. But the thing about film is that, if it has you leaving the theatre thinking, still asking questions, or with a general sense of wonder the filmmaker has certainly done their job. Practical effects are one of Blomkamp’s specialties in an age where digital effects reign supreme. He loves using different camera styles throughout the film, and seamlessly mixes genre mainstays into a great mishmash of awesomeness. The story is a bit bare bones, but that is actually what makes the movie shine, because at the core this is a film about what it means to be alive, and as we see the world through Chappie’s eyes, as he learns, we learn, we feel, we question what he questions, we are sad when he is sad, and angry when he is angry. And as far as acting goes, you can’t help but like his creator, and surprisingly find Yolandi (of Die Antwoord) a compelling female lead. And Hugh Jackman portrays the perfect villain because he is so convinced that he is on the side of right, while the big heroes of our story are actually on the “wrong” side of the law. Certainly, if you aren’t a thinking person, most of the themes in this movie won’t appeal. But trying to unlock the secrets of consciousness, this film is as bold as it is fun, as heartwrenching as it is funny, and is disturbing in the exploration of just how far some people will go to get what they want in life. Chappie says it best several times in this film, “Why do you humans act like this?”

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