I avoided this one at the cinemas as I was bitten by Elysium and didn’t want to end up disappointed. In the end I wasn’t but probably not due to the Science Fiction. Chappie doesn’t have a lot to add to the science fiction canon when it comes to artificial intelligence but as with District 9 it’s a window on South Africa and I think that science fiction should step away from the comfortable territory of the US & UK from time to time. This more than anything is what is attractive about Chappie. The idea that science fiction doesn’t require a clean laboratory or that a conflicted world doesn’t have to be dystopian future appeals to me. Science and humanity are more likely to come into conflict away from the western world. I am not sure Blomkamp realises that but where he doesn’t Ninja and Yolandi Visser give it their best go.