Review: Chappie, 2015, dir. Neill Blomkamp


“Your enjoyment of Chappie will depend entirely on how high a premium you place on originality. The film’s influences announce themselves loudly and proudly; if you’ve seen Short Circuit, Short Circuit 2, and RoboCop, you have seen Chappie, or at least you’ve seen its skeleton dangled from a hang-up stand á la Budget Bart. But you haven’t seen this movie as directed by Neill Blomkamp, the wunderkind behindDistrict 9 and the admittedly disappointing Elysium. Sniffing out Chappie’s reference points might offer diverting geek amusement, but pedantry paints only a partial picture of what Blomkamp does with his well-worn conceit.” (Via Paste Magazine.)


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