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  • Macbeth
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    #182194

    Okay, so this was released yesterday, and its getting some truly bad reviews

    Anyone seen it? What did you think?
    Also, anyone thinking of seeing it?  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #182196

    Planning to see it sometime this weekend, but the second best exotic marigold hotel is another option. Depends on how I feel. I don’t care about the bad reviews, I’m excited to see it.

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    #182197

    I didn’t think it was honestly that terrible like everyone says it is but it is a disappointment.

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    KyleBailey
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    #182198

    I thought it was a miserable mess. Save your money and time 

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    vinny
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    #182199

    Haven’t seen it but after seeing some reviews, I kinda want to see it more now. Mostly becuase I want to see if its as bad as people have said.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    #182200

    I’m looking at the dailies for this movie, and it looks like it’s going to make less than $15 million opening weekend. Yep, another slow weekend for the theaters.

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    Nessie
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    #182201

    Haven’t seen it (saw Dame Maggie in Marigold Hotel the Sequel instead), but judging by the reviews… after directing this AND Elysium are they really going to let Blomkamp direct an Alien sequel?

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    TomHardys
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    #182202

    Blomkamp has no depth as a director. That’s why District 9 worked so well (it didn’t need any heart or sould) and its sucessors didn’t.

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    Macbeth
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    #182203

    It is actually disappointing, because Blomkamp and Co. come from my hometown, and while I despise Sharlto Copley, and think Blomkamp isn’t talented, its sad to see them fail.

    But that isn’t an excuse for a terrible film  

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    KyleBailey
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    I also despise Sharlto Copely but he was for the first time not the worst part of this movie. It was the two South African rappers. The one Ninja was just flat out awful 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I loved ‘District 9’ and Sharlto Copley’s performance in it, but everything else I’ve seen Copley in he has been absolutely ABYSMAL. As for Blomkamp, as I said, loved ‘D9’, but was not a fan of ‘Elysium’. This looked bad from the trailers alone. Now I’m getting worried about that ‘Alien’ sequel.

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    Macbeth
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    I also despise Sharlto Copely but he was for the first time not the worst part of this movie. It was the two South African rappers. The one Ninja was just flat out awful 

    Die Antwoord are actually quite talented, but they are not at all a good fit for a film like this. They have their fanbase, and they are excellent at parodying a certain culture in South Africa. Why they were cast in this boggles my mind, because, and I don’t want to sound like an elitist here, their schtick is wasted in a film like this, because they are popular here because of how relatable they are to some stereotypes here, and for people around the world unfamiliar with what they are trying to accomplish, it can be very irritating.

    I can also vouch that their act is truly just an act. I met Ninja (whose real name is the very posh Watkin Tudor) at a Chinese restaurant here, and he is pretty much the complete opposite of how he portrays himself.  

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #182207

    I’m starting to think that District 9 was a fluke.

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    KyleBailey
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    [quote=”KyleBailey”]I also despise Sharlto Copely but he was for the first time not the worst part of this movie. It was the two South African rappers. The one Ninja was just flat out awful 

    Die Antwoord are actually quite talented, but they are not at all a good fit for a film like this. They have their fanbase, and they are excellent at parodying a certain culture in South Africa. Why they were cast in this boggles my mind, because, and I don’t want to sound like an elitist here, their schtick is wasted in a film like this, because they are popular here because of how relatable they are to some stereotypes here, and for people around the world unfamiliar with what they are trying to accomplish, it can be very irritating.

    I can also vouch that their act is truly just an act. I met Ninja (whose real name is the very posh Watkin Tudor) at a Chinese restaurant here, and he is pretty much the complete opposite of how he portrays himself.  [/quote]

    Yeah and they used some of their songs as part of the soundtrack and it just was jarring and didn’t fit at all. They also used their real life names too which really confused me.  

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    Nick Spake
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    My Review

    While “District 9” was indeed a good film, it’s possible
    that we might have overhyped it back in 2009. The story of a man who suddenly
    finds himself siding with “savages” in an oppressive society had been done
    countless times before. It’d even be done again a couple months later when
    “Avatar” came out. Nevertheless, Director/Co-Writer Neill Blomkamp did
    distinguish the familiar story with empathetic characters and a strong
    atmosphere. “Chappie” doesn’t necessarily have a revolutionary narrative
    either, but unlike “District 9,” the characters here are all cheap cutouts and atmospherically
    it feels like backwash from Blomkamp’s previous efforts.

    It’s a high-tech future where robots have replaced humans as
    law enforcement, but video game consoles still haven’t evolved beyond the Play
    Station 4. Dev Patel plays Deon Wilson, the creator of these police droids who
    believes he can make a robot capable of freewill. Deon’s boss, played by
    Sigourney Weaver in wasted performance, isn’t exactly sold on his proposal.
    Nevertheless, he goes through with the experiment anyway and breathes life into
    a robot named Chappie, voiced by Sharlto Copley. Innocent Chappie is exposed to
    a harsh life of crime, however, when he imprints on three criminals looking to
    pull off a heist.

    Every person in this movie can pretty much be summed up
    based on their initial appearances. Contrasting Patel’s wide-eyed, peaceful
    scientist, Hugh Jackman plays a gung-ho, ultraconservative inventor who wants
    to line the streets with his giant battle mechs that look like the ED-209 from
    “RoboCop.” If that villain isn’t clichéd enough for you, we also get South
    African rapper Watkin Tudor Jones, aka Ninja, as a cartoonish gang leader who
    wants to use Chappie as a weapon. Then there’s Brandon Auret as a crime lord
    with such poor English-speaking skills that his lines need to be accompanied by
    subtitles. So why didn’t the filmmakers just have him speak in his native
    tongue?

    There are only two performers that manage to overcome their
    poorly written parts. One of them is Yo-Landi Visser as a gang member who
    develops a motherly attachment to Chappie. Granted, her parental instinct does
    come out of nowhere and is kind of hard to buy. Her scenes with the robot are
    quite sweet, regardless. The other standout is Copley, who supplies Chappie
    himself with a delightful childlike charm. Still, the character honestly isn’t
    any different from Johnny Five, the Iron Giant, or Data from “Star Trek,” not
    to mention E.T. We get it. Robots are people too…sort of.

    Blomkamp’s greatest error with “Chappie” is that the tone is
    all over the place. We immediately go from one scene involving Chappie
    comically talking like a street thug to a brutal scene in which the poor robot
    is senselessly tortured. The film doesn’t arrive to an original idea until the
    final five minutes, which does bring matters together in a clever fashion. By
    then, though, it’s too little too late. Blomkamp definitely has the potential
    to make another solid picture like “District 9.” Between this and the just okay
    “Elysium,” however, he needs to go back to the drawing board.

    Grade: C

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