I really don’t want to review this movie because I have so much respect for Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver. In a way having those two in the movie made it even worse because their talents were so obviously wasted on the roles they had. I wonder if they lost a bet or something and that’s why they ended up in this movie.
I had high hopes for the movie, but low expectations. My low expectations were realized during the first three minutes of heavy handed exposition. For instance the introduction to Hugh Jackman’s character came in a news blurb that basically said, “He’s an ex-military weapons designer who disagrees with the development of artificial intelligence on spiritual grounds.” And that was all the character development Hugh’s character would get.
The story had potential, but fell light-years short of realizing it. The script needed a few more rounds of revisions and some heavy editing.
Sigourey’s character was completely underdeveloped. Fortunately she had what amounted to an extended cameo role so it wasn’t too unpalatable to watch.
One other problem I had was understanding Chappie. It’s hard enough to understand a computerized voice, but a computerized voice with an accent, in this case a South African accent, sometimes sounded like a bunch of random noise.