A lot of people enjoyed director Neill Blomkamp's first film, District 9, however, I was a bit mixed over it. Yes, I did enjoy the special effects of the film, but felt the reluctant hero angle was a bit heavy handed (although I guess you could say, that was played as humor/comedy too). I also wondered about using the hero in that film as a sort of undercover agent rather than trying to recruit one of the aliens as an undercover agent. To me that is more plausible, but then, I'm not the director/writer.
I'll agree that Blomkamp's second film, Elysium, wasn't done very well, but again, I enjoyed some of the effects and action, but the story itself was full of plot holes, and didn't make a lot of sense. Perhaps Blomkamp needs someone to rein him in a bit, and ask him about such things, but I think overall he has a pretty grip on film making.
Chappie as you might have read is about the first artificial intelligent robot. The film even makes reference to Isaac Asimov's rules for robotics, which I thought was nice to include. We quickly meet one of the main characters, Deon Wilson played by South African, Dev Patel. He designed the robot cops who have made a major dent in crime. He also thinks he can add A.I. to the police robots, and that will help reduce crime even more. The CEO of the company (Sigourney Weaver) however, doesn't think it's a good idea. The third main character is played by Hugh Jackman, who is working on an even larger model of robot, similar in style to ED-209 in the Robocop films. So that's the basic set-up. But after that set-up the movie goes in a weird direction I wasn't anticipating, which grabbed my attention and kept me engrossed in the film. Now I didn't read much about the film beforehand, to avoid spoilers just in case I wanted to see the film. I'm glad I did, as it took on a unique experience.
Some of the other actors in the film I'd never heard of, and since I don't care for rap or hip hop music I was unaware of two of the main villains in the film that are in band known as Die Antwoord. A lot of criticism starts with them and their acting ability, but I thought they did okay. Some other criticism has said that too much of the film is spent on the villains, perhaps, but that didn't bother me, in fact that is where some of the humor in the film comes from. There was part of the plot that for me took a fairly large leap of faith that you pretty much have to just go with to enjoy the film dealing with the crime group and the Deon Wilson character. Whether or not you can get past that part of the story might decide on whether or not you can enjoy the film. I just went with it, and after the film was over, I thought, well...I guess it could happen, but overall it didn't take away my enjoyment of the film. When the film ended I thought, well that was a pretty good action film, and really one of Blomkamp's best films so far, for me anyway. If interested you'll have to rent it and decide for yourself.