Critics chew up and spit out this Chappie

2015-03-15 15:00

The newest film by South African director Neill Blomkamp, who shot into Hollywood’s stratosphere with his 2009 debut District 9, has been roundly panned by international critics.

Entertainment Weekly (EW) this week did a round-up of what critics around the world said about Chappie – and most loathed the sci-fi film.

The movie has done reasonably well at the box office, taking home more than $13?million (R162?million) on its opening weekend in the US.

Chappie, Blomkamp’s third film, is the story of a repurposed police robot that is programmed by his idealistic creator, Deon (Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel), to be sentient.

Chappie the robot is voiced by another South African, Sharlto Copley.

He falls in with a group of troublemakers who want to use him as a weapon.

“[They] teach him how to be a cartoonish gang-banger and plan to use him to execute a big money heist while Deon struggles to take his creation back,” EW’s Kyle Anderson writes in his review. “What follows is an hour of a reasonable-enough meditation on parenting styles followed by an inevitable series of too-loud action beats sparked by Deon’s rival engineer Vincent (Hugh Jackman, just inhaling scenery) and a ridiculous series of events involving the full download of human consciousness.”

Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail called Chappie “one of those incongruous Franken-films that’s simultaneously bombastically brutal and treacly”, while entertainment magazine Variety described the central character as “so frankly unappealing he almost makes [Star Wars’] Jar-Jar Binks seem like tolerable company by comparison”.

Kenneth Turan, in a review for the Los Angeles Times, said Chappie was “close to unwatchable for long stretches of time”.

The Hollywood Reporter praised Die Antwoord’s Yo-Landi Vi$$er, “whose punky veneer nicely melts into motherly concern and warmth”, but had nothing good to say about the rest of the cast.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.