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Electric Hero

Canadian cinematographer
Trent Opaloch reteams with
director Neill Blomkamp for
Chappie, the story of a thinking,
feeling robot that threatens
the status quo.
By Mark Dillon
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36

April 2015

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happie's title character is the first robot that can think and
feel. He's an illicitly modified security android, the brainchild of Deon Wilson (Dev Patel), designer of police
automatons for a defense manufacturer in a near-future
Johannesburg. Hoping to stimulate Chappie's creativity,
Wilson forges an uneasy alliance with rappers Ninja and YoLandi Visser - of the real-life South African band Die
Antwoord, appearing in the film as fictionalized versions of
themselves - who are more interested in recruiting the robot
as gang muscle.
Back at the corporation, Wilson's colleague Vincent
Moore (a mulleted Hugh Jackman) and boss Michelle Bradley
(Sigourney Weaver) are threatened by Wilson's A.I. invention
and set out to destroy it. Moore, a former soldier, decides to
take on Chappie with his own side project: a massive, armed,
remote-controlled behemoth. As the battle erupts, Chappie
must fight for his friends and his own existence.

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