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  • While most images of Africa are generalized and reductive, this film allows for the American audiences to be exposed to an original style and dialect that enriches the plot and gives way for some very funny scenes
  • Although it is a stand out film, in my opinion it does jump the gun on the topic of transhuminism


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    Chappie is an excellent follow-up to District 9 and Elysium and is one of the better transhuminism films that are out today. It delivers complex ideas about molding the human mind and also attempts to imagine the possibilities of artificial intelligence.
  • Chappie Movie (2015)
  • First of all, this movie will tug at your heart strings and in the end you’ll ask yourself, why am I crying over a robot? In the film, the protagonist successfully transfers human brain activity and energy into a robot, a body and technology formally used to replace the police force in South Africa. The rogue researcher then finds himself at the whim of a few Soweto gangsters, none other than the musical group Die Antwoord. The inclusion of these characters brings a face and identity to one aspect of South African Afrikaans culture. While most images of Africa are generalized and reductive, this film allows for the American audiences to be exposed to an original style and dialect that enriches the plot and gives way for some very funny scenes.

  • Chappie Movie (2015)
  • The robot itself initially represents the powerful and delicate nature of the human mind and eventually represents the massive potential as well. Seeing the child-like robot respond to nurture, coercion and corruption, gives solid ground to drawing the parallel between that and human children.

  • Chappie Movie (2015)
  • The funniest moments of this film occur when one of the leads “Ninja” appears to be teaching Chappie how to be gangster, so that he may use the brute strength of the robot to commit crimes. Here is where you really hear the nuances of this South African dialect and style known as “Zef”.

  • Chappie Movie (2015)
  • Yolandi is the female supporting character and delivers a more nurturing approach to honing the child-like mind. The scenes where they are reading together lend itself to a mother-son relationship. The empathy given by Yolandi’s character is unconditional and is one of the more heart-warming aspects of the film. It’s here where we begin to understand the complex needs of the forming mind.

  • Chappie Movie (2015)
  • This film is intellectual and action-packed and gives an opportunity for different kinds of people to enjoy it. Also, when characters are written well, you as a viewer tend to have strong feelings towards them. Hugh Jackman’s character is despicable and does so many things to get in the way of the protagonist. To me, that is a sign of success.

    Although it is a stand out film, in my opinion it does jump the gun on the topic of transhuminism. For such a complex topic, the film skips over the big questions and is void of nuances. Without giving too much away, this aspect of the film makes it obvious that it was created for American audiences. In a world where computers can mimic human subtitles, and where technology is growing at a rapid pace, we are approaching a time where we should start asking questions about the notion of transhumanism. This film starts an important conversation but does not answer any major questions and leaves several holes.



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