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.

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Chappie
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Highway To Mars

Welcome to Martian Central, please take a ticket, the sheep ray will be with you shortly. Highway to Mars was created by Author Stefan Sawynok as an excuse to ramble his way through Science Fiction that he liked and to shine a light on things such as books that don't get covered all that often in fandom. Mostly covers British and American sci-fi but occasionally steps out to cover pieces from around the world. There is so much Sci-fi out there and so little time. :)

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  • I just watched this one on DVD recently. I didn’t like as well as I thought I would and I was somewhat disappointed with the movie. I expected better as well.

    • Agree with those sentiments. I think that overall the idea was okay but it really failed to bring anything new to the table.