Well, now for a movie that is most likely inspired from the movie Short Circuit. And I must say, it was really good without being a rip off. The film: Chappie.
This takes place in the, really not too distant future. Seriously, like next year distant. Anyways, in the crime riddled city of Johannesburg the first robotic police force is deployed to help cut crime off at the knees. The developer for the robots who have a basic has just cracked the code to consciousness, but he's met with resistance in the company, especially from another ex-military employee. And the Murphy's Law comes along and adds to the problems.
Before I spoil or go into too much detail, I better review the movie as a whole. Effects were mind blowing, without going all Michael Bay on us(thank you). The premise of the film is much more interesting than that used in Short Circuit as it makes the movie more technical than spiritual. Like how the robot becomes sentient. In Short Circuit, the robot gains sentience by an act of God(lightning). In this film, its intentionally done by the designer. The pacing of the movie is pretty good, and the acting is pretty true to the character. Some dialogue moments are pretty funny just because of how awkward the moment is. It's also kinda funny to hear a robot with the mind of a child cursing.
Now, a few little nit picks. Toward the end while I guess they set it up nicely just seems borrowed from Transcendence but goes further than that film did. After the first Transcendence moment, it happens again immediately. That part seemed a little tacked on just for the audience to not feel bad at the end and a potential lesson could have been learned; the act of self sacrifice. Then the very end was kinda nice, but it cheats the moment earlier in the film. This curve ball just disrupts everything we've known in the film and it would have been better suited being used earlier in the movie at the same time the scene happens. Also, when the developer finds out what the ex-military employee has done, why doesn't he report him? I understand the moment that turns him to other more pressing matters, but still. And the ending still leaves some unanswered questions that were set up in the beginning of the movie. In the beginning we see where it ended up, and the whole movie is the journey to that point. But at the end, we don't end up right there at all. We end up a sizable moment away from where the film said it would be at the beginning. That's a plot hole that needs filling.
Still, Chappie is a great movie, you should definitely see it. Just don't show it to your kids or teens cause of plenty of F bombs and one gruesome scene that just seemed a little extreme even for the movie. I give Chappie a 9.8 out of 10. Point 2 off for some troubling points in the plot and cheated moments.
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