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SIMPLE REVIEW: Chappie

Howdy people of the internet, time for another SIMPLE REVIEW where I tell you my thoughts on a film in a more condensed manner then my standard reviews, and today I’ll be discussing Chappie. Now from the trailers I can’t say I was that excited for this, but in the weeks leading up to its release I started to get more intrigued. Then the reviews came out with the film being pretty much mixed to negative which didn’t give me much hope for the film, that being said I wanted to judge the film for myself, so I saw it and now I’m ready yo pass judgement.

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I’m going to say this straight up, Chappie, it is a good watch, but it has problems. What the film does get right is its approach to artificial intelligence. AI is something we’ve seen in countless films before, but I will always welcome more if the story and character aspects are handled correctly and this film gets that aspect right. From the way Chappie comes into the world and tries to make sense of it, to the human fear and frustration that comes from a sentient robot, all of those elements come into play wonderfully with some very beautiful, sad, humourous and satisfying moments. With all that being said the story had issues like:

  • Not introducing the main character until a fair way into the film
  • The pacing was pretty slow at times
  • The film’s length felt like it could have been cut
  • The film echoed Neill Blomkamp’s previous work like District 9 and Elysium, but not in a good way
  • I feel like the plot wasted a lot of potential with the characters and a change direction could have made it a lot better

But other than those issues the film was fine. The actors were pretty good, for the most part. Sharlto Copley as Chappie did a good job providing the voice and motion capture, since the role was primarily voiced-based, Copley did well to use his voice to get us to emotionally connect with his character. Dev Patel as Deon Wilson was also good, however  feel like his character could have been much stronger in personality and would have been better if he had a bigger part to play earlier on. Hugh Jackman did well as Vincent Moore, even though his character is an idiot and creates all forms of havoc just for the sake of revenge and a little attention. Oh and Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo was fine as Michelle Bradley and Yankie. Now let’s talk about the other cast members. At first I didn’t recognize Ninja and Yolandi from Die Antwood, but when I did I knew I’d be in for a questionable experience and man they were terrible verging on cartoon levels of overacting, their appearance in this film was so unnecessary. The best part of the film was the visual presentation, the film looked great, the CGI was awesome and very realistic while the cinematography was handled nicely. And while the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer was good, the music selection was terrible with such terrible sounds from Die Antwood, yuck.

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Chappie was a very different film from what I anticipated, while some elements unfolded the way I expected, at the same time there were things took me completely by surprise. It was certainly better than some of the critics suggested, however I can not help but feel like this film could have been more if the story had gone in a different direction. I hope Neill Blomkamp can change things up in his next film because there is a sense of repetition starting to emerge.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen Chappie and if so what did you think of it? Also how do you feel about Neill Blomkamp as a director, do you feel like he’s still got or do you think he’s starting to lose his touch? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2015 Part 1

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to the first part of my special series of blog posts dedicated to the films that you should be looking out for this year entitled: Films to look out for in 2015! Consider it a preview to this year’s selection of films in the cinema and I’m basically going to highlight why I believe they’re worth paying attention to. I have done this for the last two years and I’m excited to do all over again this year. 🙂

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2014 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there.😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Blackhat

Release Date: January 16th (USA), February 20th (UK)

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So first on this list we have Blackhat, a film I’ve been interested in since the time I saw the first trailer. What we have here is a thriller dealing with hacking and cyber crime on computers and while that’s not a very good description, the trailer gives you a good idea of what to expect. The reason why I think this film is worth watching is because; 1) The film’s directed by Michael Mann. 2) The cast look great featuring the like of Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. 3) The plot seems pretty intriguing, And 4) The film’s presentation looks lovely.

Wild Card

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Release Date: January 30th (USA)

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So another Jason Statham film, at this point we’ve all become accustomed to Mr. Statham and the kind of films he participates in, and even though not all of them are hits, they always provide some form of fun and good action. This films looks like fun with plenty of action, card games, drama, revenge and all that jazz, plus the cast looks good and it’ll be interesting to see them interact. There’s currently no release for this film in the UK but hopefully it won’t be too long after it comes out in America.

Jupiter Ascending

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Release Date: February 6th (USA & UK)

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Ah Jupiter Ascending, feels like I’ve been waiting for this for ages. This time last year I was waiting for it as part of the summer of 2014, but it never came. The trailers haven’t blown me away but it certainly looks interesting and since it is directed by The Wachowskis, I have to see if they can make a good film that isn’t The Matrix (although I did like parts of Cloud Atlas). The story looks interesting enough, the CGI looks amazing, I like the cast and I want to see two things: 1) How Eddie Redmayne fares in the films and 2) How Sean Bean dies, because let’s be honest, that’s what everyone likes to see these days. The sad truth is that this film was meant to be out last summer, then got delayed to this year and normally when films get pushed back to the early part of the next year it means that it’s bad. I can only hope that it is worth the wait.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Release Date: 13 February 2015 (USA), January 29th (UK)

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Initially I wasn’t interested in this film, even if it was directed by the great Matthew Vaughn, the premise never sounded that interesting to me on paper. But then I saw the trailer and then I was convinced otherwise. This film looks mental, with slick and well-crafted action, a cool-looking story, a good cast and SAMUEL L. JACKSON! I mean I’m annoyed it has taken this film so long to come out, I just wanna see it now and get this cool stuff in my system already.

Focus

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Release Date: February 27th (USA & UK)

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Now we have a film I’m very curious about and hoping will be good and that is Focus, which is Will Smith’s first film in just under 2 years! The reason I’m interested in this film is because I like film’s with con men, it means there’s a lot of deception and trust involved and obviously when women come into play for men, things can never be simple. The story seems like there is a good balance of drama and humour and Will Smith paired with Margot Robbie seems like a great match. For me Will Smith is my childhood hero, I love the guy, but it is fair to say that in recent years the guy has become fairly invisible and has shown up in decent films (Men In Black 3 & Anchorman 2) and one really bad one (After Earth), so to see him in a potentially good film makes me smile. I hope this is his return to form.

The Lazarus Effect

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Release Date: February 28th (USA)

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I’m not one for horror films, anyone who’s read this blog knows that. However, there was a lot of buzz about this film especially what I heard on AMC Movie Talk, so I watched the trailer and now I’m curious. I like the concept of resurrecting the dead and there being repercussions for the people involved. Sure it has been done in other films before and a lot of the things I saw in the trailer does look a bit generic when it comes to horror films, however I like the cast and I’m curious to see what this film’s about.

Chappie

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Release Date: March 6th (USA & UK)

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Ever since I saw the trailer for this film I interested. I like films about artificial intelligence especially when they learn and are trying to be human. Seems like Hugh Jackman is a man who wants machines to work one way and is threatened by machines that can think and Sigourney Weaver looks to be the bad person once again, supporting Jackman’s character. I hope that it will be good. I still love District 9, it remains to be one of my all-time favourite films, however, Elysium did not do much for me at all. So I am hoping that this film is a better experience than Blomkamp’s last outing.

Cinderella

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Release Date: March 13th (USA), March 27th (UK)

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This does look like another variation on the classic story about Cinderella, however what interests me is the way the story’s being redone. It hits all the same notes as the original story (Cinderella has evil step mothers, there’s a fairy godmother, mice get transformed into horses, etc). However there is a heavy focus on Cinderella’s mother and childhood, the evil stepmother has more to do and the world looks more grand and vast than ever before. I love the vivid presentation and the cast look great, I am a big fan of Cate Blanchett, I love Hayley Atwell and seeing Richard Madden again after Game of Thrones makes me grin. I hope Kenneth Branagh succeeds with this film.

In The Heart Of The Sea

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Release Date: March 15th (USA), March 13th (UK)

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I’ve already talked about how much I wanted to see this film in my first trailer review. However if you’re not already aware let me say it again, I am HYPED for this film. After Rush, I knew I had to see whatever Ron Howard was up to after that and this film looks amazing. The film looks super dramatic, action-packed, atmospheric and dangerous, there is a great scale and the cast are filled with a great set of people including Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.

The Gunman

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Release Date: March 20th (USA & UK)

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I honestly didn’t know anything about this film until I looked it up and just from the cast I was interested. Then I saw the trailer and then put this film on my list. I am a sucker for action thriller’s, it is my jam yo. The film looks like it has an interesting story to tell and again I’m really liking the cast. I like Sean Penn, but I’m a massive fan of Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Ray Winstone and I just want to see how these characters in the film come together.

Alrighty then, that’s part 1 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 2! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Chappie Trailer #1 Review

Hello again people of the internet, time for another trailer review and today I will be talking about Chappie, the next big film from Neil Blomkamp. Now before seeing this trailer, I would say that my interest in seeing this film was mild at best. While I still love District 9, Elysium wasn’t really my cup of tea last summer and he’s fallen off of my radar of people to pay attention to in recent times. So how does this new trailer fare? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

After looking at this trailer, my immediate thoughts? “I’m interested.”

While I’m not so keen on sitting through another sci-fi related film that is very much earthbound with robots, this one does look a little more interesting. Sure the concept isn’t overly original and you can make various comparisons to films which have had artificial intelligence versus humans, but I’m curious to see how this film makes use of its protagonist who just happens to be a robot. So what’s the premise here? Well from what I can gather from the trailer, Dev Patel’s character creates a robot for the soul purpose of living and that robot’s name is Chappie and from the scenes in the trailer it looks like he goes from being completely afraid of the world to fully embracing all of the good and bad that comes with it. I can’t say that I’m not curious to see another film about how an AI being comes to adapt to human life and then find its place in the world. From what I can see he goes from being as scared and curious as a child, to being mature as an adult driving cars and what not. And it seems like we’ll make friends and enemies along the way. It also looks like we’ll potentially be taken to Earth somewhere in the future where things look post-apocalyptic, again. Again don’t get me wrong, I love these kinds of settings, but it has been done a lot in films over the last 5 or so years, it does start to get a bit samey.

But this film is not just about the robot, there are human characters as well, obviously you have Dev Patel who looks like the robot’s mentor/father figure who really strives for Chappie to learn, adapt and make the most of himself. The rest of the people in the trailer look interesting enough especially the blond girl, but I’m not familiar with who they are as actors from a visual standpoint. The person who really has me intrigued is Hugh Jackman, it looks like he is taking on the role of antagonist again like it Prisoners (but in a much lighter capacity hopefully) and I’m okay with that. Jackman’s character seems to have a problem with AI being dangerous and taking over (which he and everyone in the human race should rightfully be afraid of), and will probably be the main man trying to take out Chappie, I’m curious to see how that turns out.

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So what do you think of the first trailer for Chappie? Are you down with what you see so far or is it not your kind of thing? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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