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Chappie
(2015)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed and Designed by:
Steve Mazzaro
Andrew Kawczynski
Tom Holkenborg
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 10th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Limited U.S. release, available only through one online outlet at the time of release. The digital album, also limited, was available a week prior to the CD album. The CD eventually became available through a wider distribution.
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Buy it... if you're game for a Hans Zimmer resurrection of vintage Vangelis synthetics en route to a highly discordant representation of humanity's future.

Avoid it... if you expect Zimmer to follow the logical method of playing opposite to audience expectations, his choice not to address the titular robot with clearly organic elements a blatant opportunity missed.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,171
WRITTEN 3/8/15
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Chappie: (Hans Zimmer/Various) If anyone doubts writer and director Neill Blomkamp's obsession with the topics of artificial intelligence and societal unrest in Johannesburg, South Africa, then you'll be convinced otherwise by 2015's Chappie, a science-fiction venture meant to once again challenge the definition of humanity. The special effects master-turned-director once again attempts to address concepts basically touched upon in District 9 and other prior works, with only marginal success. The narratives of his films suffer against the concentration on visual elements; in the case of Chappie, the near future sees robots replace the police force in crime-ridden Johannesburg. As this is happening, their designer creates one variant that can feel emotions and form opinions, and this one robot, the titular "Chappie," is the focus of the film as it imprints upon a human mother, experiences fear and pain and loss, and eventually (and predictably) becomes the most human character in the movie. While members of the South African hip-hop group Die Antwoord play major roles in the film, Blomkamp also brings in veterans Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman as antagonists to cement the establishment as evil. In many ways, the film is a juxtaposition of Blade Runner and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, striving for the bleak dystopia of the former while embracing the more familial heartstrings of the latter. That comparison becomes important when analyzing the music for Chappie, written not by one of Hans Zimmer's plethora of younger clones but instead by the popular composer himself (with the aid of Steve Mazzaro and Andrew Kawczynski, not to mention the usual crew of less official contributors). Calling his gang of artists "The Chappie Elektrik Synthphonia" this time, Zimmer commented that Blomkamp was "a director who encourages us mad boffins to drag out forty-year old analogue synthesizers and lets us spend days fiddling in lab-coats with patch-cables, blowing up valves and transistors." He took the opportunity to write his first entirely synthetic score in decades, clearly embracing the Vangelis Blade Runner method of addressing futuristic robot/human law enforcement relations with electronic discord. The result is not surprising, and, more than in some of the composer's other works, you can hear Zimmer's own musical voice reflected in the softer sequences while the action portions devolve into a mess of electronic dance deconstruction possibly guided by his contributors.



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419 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.95 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 49 3 Stars
** 100 2 Stars
* 211 1 Stars
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D - April 15, 2015, at 6:47 p.m.
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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - March 30, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
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Normally disagree with the Zimmer reviews...
Eric Marcy - March 13, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
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This score is properly bad
Dylan Brassel - March 9, 2015, at 9:45 p.m.
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More anti-Zimmer nonsense   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 63:06
• 1. It's a Dangerous City (2:08)
• 2. The Only Way Out of This (4:58)
• 3. Use Your Mind (4:04)
• 4. A Machine That Thinks and Feels (3:02)
• 5. Firmware Update (3:52)
• 6. Welcome to the Real World (3:52)
• 7. The Black Sheep (4:28)
• 8. Indestructible Robot Gangster #1 (3:10)
• 9. Breaking the Code (4:48)
• 10. Rudest Bad Boy in Joburg (2:41)
• 11. You Lied to Me (4:05)
• 12. Mayhem Downtown (3:56)
• 13. The Outside is Temporary (3:08)
• 14. Never Break a Promise (7:43)
• 15. We Own This Sky (4:19)
• 16. Illest Gangsta on the Block (2:44)

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The insert includes extensive photography but no extra information about the score or film.
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