Dev Patel seems to be everywhere these days. He is quite an actor. In Chappie, played by Sharlto Copley, Dev plays Deon Wilson, a programmer who has become very successful creating robots that will serve as policemen in a heavy crime area. Hugh Jackman plays Vincent Moore, another programmer who thinks his prototype is better than Deon’s but can’t get any play on his creation. In the meanwhile, Deon has created a program, on his own time, that allows a robot to have a conscience, learn and think for himself. When Deon pitches his program to Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) who is CEO of the company called Tetravaal, she shoots him down, even though it would cost her no money to test his new prototype. This causes Deon to take matters into his hands by stealing a robot slated for demolition to use as a test pilot. To add to Deon’s stress, Vincent finds out the robot is stolen and in Deon’s possession and decides to sabotage Deon’s efforts in order to get his prototype onto the streets.
I was somewhat thrilled during the first half of the movie but soon became disinterested because I felt Chappie started to get silly and unbelievable. As the film was about 3/4 over, it started to pick up again. Of course I can’t tell you what happens but I can say it ended up thrilling and interesting. I think we are going to see a lot more of Chappie in the future. You won’t believe what happens in the end. I have to say, I was not prepared at all for the ending but it’s clear they set Chappie up for a sequel. Chappie wasn’t the best movie about robots I’ve seen, but it held it’s own.