I think the best movies are the kinds that make you think. Those movies not only entertain you but also improve your humanity. You become a better human because of it. Chappie is the former though, but perhaps even the latter with some pondering.
To me, a movie with the best visual effects but no story and no moral is a wasted opportunity. Movies are one of the best mediums in the world to showcase the kind of message that other mediums can’t. But Chappie, another picture from acclaimed director Neil Blomkamp really did send a message:
The soul is beautiful.
Behind all the artificial intelligence and all the talk about life in robots, halfway through, the movie revealed to me what I think is the main message. The soul is beautiful and it is precious. Though in the movie, it presents itself as a consciousness. But without a doubt, Chappie did emphasise early on that the consciousness is the soul.
The story of Chappie, about an artificial intelligence program that starts as a child and grows over time is similar to the path that most humans undergo. The amazement and the wonder and the fear of the world is reflected through Chappie. But beyond that, it shows how easily corruptible and persuaded a young mind is, similar to how child soldiers of the world are trained. And even beyond that message, a realisation that Chappie is not just a robot, it is a soul, one that has compassion and keeps promises.
Chappie was as entertaining as it was thought-provoking. Perhaps not as much as some other movies I’ve seen but for a show that’s as fun as this, it was an accomplishment. I highly recommend it. Until next time.