The latest from director Neil Blomkamp (District 9) Chappie has an all star cast (Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and Sharlto Copley) but it looks terrible. The basic premise is that a decommission police robot is giving new programming that grants him sentience. The new found awareness threatens the status quo and the fight is on. Yadda yadda yadda
Chappie reminds me of the long lost grandson of Short Circuit. I’m guessing that the voice of Chappie (Sharlto Copley) is supposed to convey a short of childlike innocence but it’s really kind of annoying. This looks like a rental to me.
The suspense and intensity in this movie are enough to make your blood pressure rise. In a wintry suburb tucked away in nowhere-specifically-America it’s Thanksgiving Day. The Dovers (Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello) and The Birchs (Viola Davis, Terrence Howard) are breaking bread together as a creepy RV is parked down the street. With the 2 teenagers from both clans parked in front of the television in a tryptophan haze, the two sets of parents suddenly realize that their youngest daughters never returned from a trip to the Dover home for a whistle. The RV is gone and so are the girls.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays laid back Detective Loki with a record of solving all of his cases. His cool as a cucumber demeanor severely clashes with the two families already at their boiling points. As Loki keeps a cool head and searches for the kidnapper, Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping the man he thinks is responsible. Prisoners has many spicy twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s hard to take a side when you don’t know who the bad guy is. So I guess you’ll just have to wait until the end.
For another take check out (i.e. listen to) Cherry Davis vlog Prisoners Review
One of the best movies this year. Set in the near future, Hugh Jackman plays the unlikeable Charlie Kenton, who fights robots in the underground fighting scene. Destroying robots as fast as he can purchase them, Canton is soon saddled with new responsibilities: taking care of his son for the summer The movie really gels when we meet, Canton’s son Max Kenton played by Dakota Goyo. In stereotypical fashion, the two do not get along at first due to a long estrangement. Soon they are knee deep in the world of underground fighting. We meet the heart of the movie when the hero, Atom an expressive robot, is found in a scrap yard. The movie boosts great robot bouts and you soon wishing for a real WRB association.