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Chappie review

Posted : 2 years, 5 months ago on 15 March 2015 09:19 (A review of Chappie)

I usually agree with critics. I agree that most highly praised movies are good, while low-rated ones are bad. Critic reviews are usually my go-to for movies and what I want to see.

But the amount of criticism surrounding this movie baffles me. Sure, some of the acting is lackluster, but I didn't let it get in the way of me enjoying what this movie had to offer.

One year in the future, robots are being placed among police forces. One of the men working here sees robots as more than just tools, and thinks they can be raised like humans. He manages to create an A.I. program that lets robots learn like humans and to have emotions. After stealing a robot about to be crushed, he gets kidnapped by a street gang who want to use the robot for their own personal gain. Thus, Chappie is born into a dangerous growing environment, while his maker tries to get him to stay clear of the gang's bad influence.

My love of robots lead me to growing fond of Chappie, the titular character. He wants to do what's best for people, even though he has no idea that the gang is negatively influencing him. Speaking of which, I recall reading that the gang was supposed to be sympathetic, but the only one of them I found to be that way was Yolandi, who actually treated Chappie with respect. The others were just cruel, and treated Chappie like he was lower than human (well, he's a robot, but still).

The acting, for the most part, was pretty good, with the exception of the woman who played Yolandi. I felt she was lacking a bit in the acting department. Hugh Jackman, on the other hand, was very good at playing the antagonist. I wanted to punch him in the face the entire time, and that means he did his job well.

If you're looking for a robot movie that's filled with action and emotion, check out Chappie. Don't let the critics be the deciding factor in whether or not you want to see this movie.

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I didn't know what I expected

Posted : 2 years, 5 months ago on 15 March 2015 08:43 (A review of An Abundance of Katherines)

I just want to start by saying that before this, I have never read a single John Green book. I first came across this book in 8th grade, and decided I would read it when I was in high school. Sophomore year rolled around, and I found it again in my school library. One grueling month (and attempted reevaluation of my reading choices) later, I finished the book, and I've got to say, it was disappointing.

The book starts off with the protagonist, Colin Singleton, having recently broken up with his (19th) girlfriend. Here's the catch: Colin only dates girls named Katherine. It even has to be spelled exactly like that. Colin has never dumped a Katherine; they've always dumped him. His only friend - an overweight, Mulsim, Judge Judy fan named Hassan - convinces him to go on a road trip with him to Tennessee. There, they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, who is apparently "not-so-distantly" related with Franz Ferdinand, whose resting place they find her at. More characters in her town are introduced, although they were hard for me to keep track of. I don't know if it's just me, but it wasn't easy to figure out who was who from just acronyms (I got TOC, "The Other Colin", though).

I think I forgot to mention this, but Colin is considered a prodigy. When he was a young child, he managed to get on a quiz show for smart kids. Only Colin doesn't want to be a prodigy, he wants to be a genius and have his own Eureka moment. While in Tennessee, he comes up with it: a mathematical equation that can determine the likelihood of how long a romantic relationship will last. To the poor readers, this means many pages filled with nothing but math equations. It got to the point where I was completely bored and wouldn't read the book for a day or two.

I can't say there were many things I liked about this book, now that I think about it. It was boring, confusing, and I found Colin to be really annoying and unrelatable. If there's one saving grace, it's Hassan and his humor. Other than that, there's really nothing good that can be said about this book, at least in my eyes.

Overall, An Abundance of Katherines is a disappointment. If John Green's other books are anything like this, then I'm probably not going to read them.

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