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    HUMANDROID: DAL REGISTA DI 'DISTRICT 9' ED 'ELYSIUM' ARRIVA L'UMANDROIDE CHAPPIE. CON SIGOURNEY WEAVER, HUGH JACKMAN, SHARLTO COPLEY E DEV PATEL

    In ANTEPRIMA al Bari International Film Fest 2015 il 21 Marzo - RECENSIONE ITALIANA e PREVIEW in ENGLISH by JUSTIN CHANG (www.variety.com) - Dal 9 APRILE

    "L’idea era di trovare qualcosa di inumano come un robot – in special modo un robot poliziotto – e dotarlo di caratteristiche umane, al punto di farlo diventare più emotivo degli stessi personaggi umani del film. Quello è il punto nevralgico dell’ironia del film – un droide poliziotto che diventa senziente e inizia a mostrare caratteristiche che sono più morali, etiche e coscienziose rispetto a quanto tendano a fare gli esseri umani".
    Il co-sceneggiatore e regista Neill Blomkamp

    (Chappie; USA/MESSICO 2015; Thriller d'azione Sci-Fi; 120'; Produz.: Alpha Core/Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Media Rights Capital/Ollin Studio/Simon Kinberg Productions/Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); Distribuz.: Warner Bros. Pictures Italia)

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    Titolo in italiano: Humandroid

    Titolo in lingua originale: Chappie

    Anno di produzione: 2015

    Anno di uscita: 2015

    Regia: Neill Blomkamp

    Sceneggiatura: Neill Blomkamp e Terri Tatchell

    Cast: Hugh Jackman (Vincent Moore)
    Sigourney Weaver (Michelle Bradley)
    Sharlto Copley (Chappie, performance in motion capture)
    Dev Patel (Deon Wilson)
    Ninja (Ninja)
    Yo-Landi Visser (Yolandi)
    Jose Pablo Cantillo (Yankie)
    Brandon Auret (Hippo)
    Johnny Selema (Pitbull)
    Maurice Carpede (Capo della polizia)
    Miranda Frigon (Psicologa)
    Robert Hobbs (Responsabile degli appalti)
    Janus Prinsloo (Ufficiale di polizia)
    Eugene Khumbanyiwa (King)
    Sean O. Roberts (Hacker)

    Musica: Hans Zimmer

    Costumi: Diana Cilliers

    Scenografia: Jules Cook

    Fotografia: Trent Opaloch

    Montaggio: Julian Clarke e Mark Goldblatt

    Effetti Speciali: Max Poolman (supervisore effetti speciali); Chris Harvey, Charlie Iturriaga e Umesh Shakya (supervisori effetti visivi)

    Makeup: Sarah Rubano (capo dipartimento)

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 19 Maggio 2015

    Sinossi:

    IN BREVE:

    Ogni bimbo viene al mondo pieno di promesse e nessuno più di Chappie: lui è un talento, è speciale, un prodigio. Come ogni bambino, Chappie verrà influenzato dagli ambienti che lo circondano – alcuni buoni, altri meno – affidandosi al cuore ed all’anima per trovare la sua strada nel mondo e diventare un uomo. Ma c’è una cosa che rende Chappie diverso da chiunque altro: è un robot. Il primo ed unico robot in grado di pensare ed avere sentimenti. L’idea è alquanto pericolosa - ed è una sfida che metterà Chappie di fronte a potenti forze distruttive, impegnate a porre fine alla sua specie.

    IN DETTAGLIO:

    Ambientato soltanto a pochi anni di distanza dalla nostra attualità, il mondo è sotto il controllo di droidi della polizia autonomi, chiamati Scouts... Con l’intera città sotto la cosiddetta 'protezione' dei droidi poliziotti, arriva sulla scena una creazione interamente nuova Chappie, il primo robot dotato di libero arbitrio che prova emozioni. Anch’esso, a sua volta poliziotto, Chappie viene rapito e programmato per una serie di scopi diversi.
    Ci sono persone, come Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), che vedono il robot pensante come la fine della razza umana, dopo tutto, se una macchina riesce a pensare, a cosa potrebbe servirgli un umano? Ma ci sono altre persone, come il creatore di Chappie ad esempio, Deon Wilson (Dev Patel), che vedono Chappie come una forma di vita che vive e respira – oltre che come ultima speranza per l’umanità, anche se non si sta parlando di un umano.

    SYNOPSIS:

    In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

    Commento critico (a cura di PATRIZIA FERRETTI)

    FLASH REVIEW:

    Ci dobbiamo preoccupare?! No, dico, ci dobbiamo preoccupare per il prossimo Alien? Perchè Sembra che il direttore d'orchestra sia proprio lui. Lo stesso Neil Blomkamp che, dopo aver firmato il dozzinale District 9 - scavalcando l'affascinante intermezzo di Elysium - sulla stessa lunghezza d'onda, si è proteso verso questo inutile Humandroid, già orecchiato sia sul piano formale oltre che, naturalmente, fuori tempo massimo su quello concettuale. Ancora Intellegenze artificiali, robot senzienti - ma non è arrivato prima l'Automata di Gabe Ibáñez con Antonio Banderas? "'Automata' rappresenta il punto in cui l’intelligenza artificiale raggiunge e interseca quella umana; il momento in cui nascono i robot, sviluppando un’intelligenza che supera la stessa umanità..." Ricordate? Beh, dire che il concetto è praticamente lo stesso, è un eufemismo. Solo che l'humandroide Chappie nell'Humandroid di Neil Blomkamp rispolvera tutti i clichè possibili più in odore di video game che di vero cinema. Va

    bene che si tratta di un androide in apprendistato e che è dunque come un bambino, ma che noia! La leziosità regnò sovrana nel segno dell'infanzia del terzo millennio tecno. L'asilo è sempre asilo, si sa, e i maestri non son poi così innocenti come ci si potrebbe immaginare, o auspicare, ma a tutto c'è un limite! Sul tema ci fermiamo volentieri all'altezza di Automata che, dal canto suo, dopo Asimov (Three Laws of Robotics), Blade Runner, A. I. Intelligenza Artificiale, etc.etc. .... ha saputo dire di più e di meglio sull'argomento, al di là delle aspettative, legittimamente piuttosto alte, quando ci si pone al seguito di più o meno nobili precedenti. E non è certo sufficiente per alzare la mira reclutare attori feticcio come Sharlto Copley, e un seguito illustre capitanato dall'icona Sci-Fi per eccellenza come Sigourney Weaver, tallonata da Hugh jackman, sempre gradito in qualsiasi ruolo e Dev

    Patel. Se si torna per l'ennesima volta sul medesimo registro, la frittata deve avere una doratura perfetta e non rincrudolita come nell'Humandroide X di turno. Per conto nostro soprassediamo!

    Secondo commento critico (a cura di JUSTIN CHANG, www.variety.com)

    NEILL BLOMKAMP RECONFIGURES THE DYSTOPIAN ELEMENTS OF HIS EARLIER SCI-FIERS IN THIS CLUNKY, ENERVATING ROBOT ACTIONER.

    Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of “Chappie,” a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name. Mashing together various elements from director Neill Blomkamp’s earlier sci-fi pictures (including another prominent role for Sharlto Copley), this South African spin on “Short Circuit” displays the same handheld immediacy and scene-setting verve as its predecessors, but all in service of a chaotically plotted story and a central character so frankly unappealing he almost makes Jar Jar Binks seem like tolerable company by comparison. Absent “District 9’s” subtle apartheid allegory or “Elysium’s” health-care brief, but offering a bizarre performance showcase for the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, Blomkamp’s third feature exhausts its meager ideas and the viewer well before

    the end of its two-hour running time. Curiosity will beckon for a few, but this rickety vehicle isn’t the one to reverse Sony’s recent fortunes.

    Starting with his ingenious, justly celebrated debut, “District 9” (2009), Blomkamp has employed the trappings of science fiction to cast a darkly satirical eye on our troubled species, albeit to steadily diminishing returns: Like 2013’s ambitious, disappointing “Elysium,” this lower-budget, smaller-scaled thriller imagines a society on the brink of collapse, only to resolve its intriguing scenario with a startling lack of follow-through or finesse. Of course, Blomkamp’s previous pictures aren’t the only ones to which “Chappie” genially tips its hat: With its tale of crime-fighting sentinels, one of which is reborn as a sort of silicon-souled Pinocchio, the film effectively connects the narrative circuitry of “A.I.” to that of the “RoboCop” franchise. Genre completists may be reminded of still more recent dramas — from “Her” and

    “Transcendence” to “Automata” and “Ex Machina” — that have touched on such heady topics as robot sentience, transferred consciousness, and the always-tricky matter of human-bot relations.

    Co-writing with his wife, Terri Tatchell (with whom he also collaborated on “District 9”), Blomkamp once again employs mock news footage to establish his premise in tense, run-and-gun fashion. Sometime in the not-so-distant future, Johannesburg is being policed by an army of highly functional, human-sized droids — the brainchild of Deon (Dev Patel), lead designer at a robotics firm called Tetra Vaal. Intimidating but not invincible, these heavily armed soldiers have effectively neutralized the city’s thugs and drug dealers, as we see in an explosive early shootout involving two bottom-feeding gangsters, Ninja and Yo-Landi (played by Die Antoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser).

    Although he’s proud of his rabbit-eared, battery-operated automatons, Deon yearns to contribute something more meaningful to the world — namely, to develop an android

    that doesn’t just kill, but can read books, appreciate art, and think and talk for itself. Defying the orders of Tetra Vaal’s bottom-line-minded CEO, Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver), and arousing the suspicion of a jealous corporate rival, Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), Deon steals the remains of Scout 22, a droid felled in the line of duty, to test his latest experiment in synthetic consciousness. Unfortunately, he’s then kidnapped by Ninja, Yo-Landi and their accomplice Amerika (Jose Pablo Cantillo), who are foolishly convinced that Deon can stop the “robot pigs” with the press of a button. When they realize he has a droid in his possession, they order him to revive it so they can make their own killing machine — and although Deon has no intention of helping them, his own scientific curiosity soon gets the better of him.

    In short order, Scout 22’s memory is erased, his damaged parts are

    repaired, and he’s reborn as Chappie (voiced by Copley), the name given to him by Yo-Landi (after South Africa’s most famous brand of bubblegum), who turns out to have quite a maternal side. Like a besotted mother and father, she and Deon hope to give their frightened, uncomprehending droid a proper upbringing — teaching him English, encouraging him in his artistic pursuits, and letting him know that he can do anything he puts his metallic mind to. But Ninja and Amerika are determined to turn Chappie into a ruthless robo-killer, and so they fill his head with hip-hop slang, teach him to fire a gun, outfit him in tacky gold necklaces and (in one particularly cruel display of tough love) drop him off in one of the sketchier parts of Joburg, where he’s assaulted by hooligans who mistake him for a cop. By treating Chappie as a highly impressionable blank

    slate — a Candide for the computer age — the movie comes awfully close to playing like a very special dystopian episode of “Extreme Guide to Parenting.”

    Just as the concept for “District 9” originated in the 2006 short “Alive in Joburg,” so “Chappie” suggests an extension of images and ideas from three other byte-sized Blomkamp pics: “Tetra Vaal” (2004), “Tempbot” (2006) and especially “Adicolor Yellow” (2006), about an android programmed with enough intelligence and learning ability to dwell among humans permanently. At the script’s core is the philosophical quandary of whether Chappie can develop a mind and conscience of his own, defy the gangsters’ negative influence, and keep his promise to Deon that he won’t hurt anyone (a sort of loose reworking of Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”). Alas, it’s hard to glean much profundity or poignancy in the battle for Chappie’s soul, given how little of it he

    evinces onscreen; as written and performed, he comes off as such a tiresome, hyper-aggressive chatterbox that you keep hoping someone will flip his off switch.

    Granted, not every artificial intelligence needs to be as compelling as HAL 9000 or as captivating as WALL-E. But those two creations were nothing if not a demonstration of how expressive silence can be, while showing the level of artistry required to imbue a hunk of metal with genuinely lifelike attributes. For better and for worse, Blomkamp and his collaborators (including the visual-effects team of Image Engine and the physical-effects team of Weta Workshop) have given us a frenetic robot protagonist who, when he’s not throwing knives or smashing cars, insists on questioning those around him at every turn, all while bearing horrified witness to the general awfulness of humanity. Before long, Chappie isn’t just asking “What is the Internet?” but “Why do you humans do

    this?!” — an excellent query, to be sure, but by that point you may feel too enervated to give it the weight it deserves.

    There may be an intriguing subtext to the fact that Copley, after so brilliantly morphing into a man-mutant hybrid in “District 9,” has seemed less and less human in each of Blomkamp’s subsequent features — first as a cardboard villain in “Elysium,” and now as a robot’s voice. The filmmaker has long evinced a fascination with the body’s ability to push against and ultimately transcend its physical limits, and by the end, “Chappie” seems to look ahead to a possible next phase of human existence, albeit one that feels at once implausibly convenient and dramatically tacked-on. Suffice to say that things seems to conclude precisely at the point where they might have started to get interesting.

    By that point, “Chappie” has long since settled into the groove of

    a thoroughly competent if pro forma action movie, nimbly shot on location by d.p. Trent Opaloch, coherently assembled by editors Julian Clarke and Mark Goldblatt, and neatly visualized by production designer Jules Cook as a world of nondescript offices, vast warehouses and one stylish gangster hideaway. Machine guns are fired and bombs are detonated, most of them by Jackman’s one-note bad guy, whose own competing brand of weapon technology is built on the notion that robots must always remain subservient to humans. In a smarter, more nuanced film, Moore might have come across as a dissenting voice of reason rather than a raving psychopath (who, just in case the mullet wasn’t enough of a giveaway, is a religious nut to boot).

    The proceedings feel awfully short on human engagement overall; Patel is just OK as the sympathetic Dr. Frankenstein figure, and Weaver, though always a welcome presence, is basically on hand

    to confer her sci-fi seal of approval (and perhaps remind audiences that Blomkamp has an “Alien” movie coming up next). By far the most curious casting choice is that of South African hip-hop artists Ninja and Visser, who have always playfully blurred the line between their onstage and offstage personae. Here, projecting a (somewhat) exaggerated version of their already outlandish identities, they seem more or less of a piece with the scattershot proceedings, and their performances do improve after their shouty, gun-waving histrionics early on. Lending the picture an occasional burst of anarchic energy are Die Antwoord’s numerous contributions to the soundtrack, of which the infernally catchy “Enter the Ninja” is merely the most recognizable.

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