'Chappie' Director Neill Blomkamp Still Regrets the Movie's Failure

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 9:28PM
Chappie
Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 9:28PM
'Chappie' Director Neill Blomkamp Still Regrets the Movie's Failure
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All things considered, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's had a pretty good career so far. District 9 was a huge success, Elysium did well enough, and even though he couldn't make an Alien movie, his new short film is suspiciously similar to his original vision for that movie.

His only real misstep has been 2015's Chappie, even if it was a pretty big misstep. Following an artificially intelligent police robot who gets captured and raised by gangsters in South Africa, the movie was ultimately torn down as unable to live up to its ambitions. But despite all that, Blomkamp had poured a part of his soul into the film.

Speaking to Den of Geek, he still feels bad that his ambitions didn't materialize in the finished product. 

Opening quote
"Chappie was unbelievably painful for me. That was difficult on several levels. But the thing with Chappie was, it felt like it was extremely close to the film I had in my head. Up until the film came out, I felt like I had given my all, and that I'd tried my hardest to make the film I had in my head, and I felt like I achieved that.

...So when the audience turns their back on it, it raises really interesting questions about whether it delegitimises in general. Does that mean it holds no value? Because it still holds value to me. If I react to that, so I'm only try to please the audience, then what value does the artwork have at all?
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Blomkamp goes on to say that while he regrets how the film didn't connect with audiences as he would've liked, he doesn't regret actually making the movie. Box offices be damned, he enjoyed making Chappie, and he's going to continue making movies he loves even if it leads to him "living in the gutter."

But still, he would've preferred a finished movie that audiences did connect with: 

Opening quote
"But I'm still upset the fact that it didn't work. I wish that it did, but it just didn't, and I still love it. I don't know what else to say, but the audience didn't get what I was going for. It didn't work."
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While it's tough to defend Chappie too much, Blomkamp does seem back in the swing of things nowadays. He's recently started a studio called Oats Studios to create a collection of short sc-fi films, which will oddly come out through the gaming platform Steam. And based on what we've seen so far, they look really good, and explore similar themes of humanity - told through the medium of aliens/robots, which is just Blomkamp's style.

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