Name: ________________________                                                Teacher: ________

Film Study Booklet

‘Chappie’

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Kupu Hou: Look in the dictionary and find the definition as well as two synonyms (words that are similar) for each word. How does each word relate to what happens in the film?

Conscious (consciousness):

Respect:

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Conflict:

Loyalty

Influenced:

Persuasion:

Harassment:

Promise:

Protection (protect):

Abuse:

Heist:

Manipulation (manipulate):

Nurture:

Exploitation (exploit):

Delinquent:

Ethics:

Morality:

Exposure:

Poverty:

What are some other words that you learnt in the film?

Cloze Plot Summary

Put the words below into the right spaces to complete the plot summary:

Chappie                Johannesburg                Pitbull                 gang                 intelligence        The Moose         thug        

Fembot personality        Deon                22        Guard Key         battery                Yolandi                 robot         

consciousness                heist                 Amerika         Hippo                 USB                illegal                 Ninja

Set in the near future in South Africa, ______________ is the first city to use a _________ police force. Created by Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) these robots are completely automated and have artificial ___________. Deon’s office rival Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) has created The Moose , which is operated via a human. Vincent isn't a big fan of Deon's work.

Robocop unit ____  is back in the shop again. It seems this particular unit is accident prone and always getting serviced. The techs get it back into action and send it out into the field where it assists in a police raid on a drug deal gone bad.

On one side of the drug deal are Ninja and Yolandi. They're teamed with Amerika. They're trying to deliver goods to crime boss Hippo. Ninja, Yolandi and Amerika manage to escape during the police raid. Hippo shoots a rocket launcher into 22s chest and also manages to evade the cops.

Back at the shop, the techs see that 22s ______ is fused with his chest piece, so he’s basically beyond repair. They set him aside to be scrapped.

Hippo calls the gang and tells them that he’s not in jail and he still expects them to pay him the money they owe him from their previous botched job.

Moore asks robo-boss Michelle Bradley for more money to assist with further developing his Moose. Deon's robocops are such a hit that the government has decided to sink more money into that project and has no interest in the Moose. Its big, expensive and ugly.

Deon goes home and starts working on his newest project which is creating an artificial _________________. After a long night of programming and Red Bull, he succeeds.

Yolandi has a plan that the robocops must be like a television so all they need is a remote control to turn them off. They look at the news and see that ________is the dude who created the robocops, so he must be the guy who knows how to power them down.

Deon asks Bradley if he can use his artificial consciousness programme on the scrapped 22 unit. He explains that it’s possible that this could create a robot smarter than humans and it could even conceivably write poetry. She explains that they're in the business of defense and not in the business of creating poets, so she gives him the big old thumbs down.

Deon decides to take a chance, gets the scrapped 22 and the _______  ______, which is needed to update the programming in all the robots as a precaution against hackers, and smuggles them out of the factory. The _____ kidnaps him before he can get home.

The gang takes Deon back to their base and ask him how to shut down the robocops. He says it’s impossible. They're about to kill him, but discover the 22 unit in the back of his van. He assembles it for them, explaining that if his programme works, it can be taught. He puts it together and the 22 has the ___________ of a scared child. Yolandi takes on an immediate mother-role and tells him that he's a happy chappie and names him __________. They let Deon leave, but he asks to come back to check on the progress. He also tells them that because of the fused battery, Chappie only has about five days to live.

Moore wants to work on his Moose, but discovers that the Guard Key is missing. He knows Deon took it.

The next day Yolandi and __________ start teaching Chappie. Ninja gets mad at that because he needs Chappie trained to help them to do one more ______ so they can pay back Hippo.

At work, Moore pulls his gun on Deon, but plays it off as a joke. He’s seriously got a screw loose.

Deon leaves work to check on Chappie. He’s mad that the gang is turning him into a ______, so he asks Chappie to promise not to do anything illegal. Moore follows Deon and sees what’s going on. ________ returns and threatens to kill Deon again for interfering with his plans. He and Amerika take Chappie to the middle of a rough area and leave him there. The locals start attacking him, but because Chappie promised Deon he wouldn't do anything bad, he doesn't fight back.

Chappie makes his way back to the gang hideout where Amerika and Yolandi fix him back up. Ninja and Amerika figure out a way to trick Chappie into helping them. Together, they steal cars so they can get money to get weapons so they can do their big heist. Once they have enough cars, they go to a crazy looking apartment building. When they get there, a dog fight is taking place. Chappie can’t go up to see the arms dealer ________ and get weapons, and a stack of Playstation 4's. When they return, Chappie is trying to nurse a dead dog back to health. Ninja explains to him that in life you can either end up the dead dog, or the winning dog which. He also tells him that his battery can’t be fixed because Deon made him to die. But if he helps them with their heist, they'll be able to buy him a new body. Chappie goes along with the idea because he doesn't want to die.

Deon returns to the gang hideout and is disappointed that Chappie is out doing _________ stuff with Ninja and Amerika. __________ tells him that he should leave because Ninja will kill him if he finds him there. Chappie, Ninja and Amerika return. Deon tries to reason with Chappie, but Chappie tells him that he’s angry that Deon didn't tell him that he was going to die.

News stories break that Chappie is out in the world committing crimes, so Moore hunts him down. He manages to capture Chappie and steal the Guard Key from his head. Moore uses the guard key to shut down all of the robocops. Crime breaks out all over Johannesburg. Deon finds the Key in Moore's computer and manages to turn back on Chappie. Before they escape, Chappie sees ___  _______. Deon explains that it’s controlled by transferring a human operator’s consciousness via a control helmet. Chappie steals the helmet and they go back to the gang hideout.

At the gang hideout, Chappie rigs up Yolandi's laptop and all the PS4s to create a super computer. He tests the helmet out on Yolandi and it works!

The gang goes to meet with ________, who has changed the deal. He now wants Chappie for himself. Moore sends The Moose in on the deal too. A three way fire fight breaks out. The Moose steps on Amerika and rips him in half. Hippo is killed. Deon gets shot. Ninja creates a diversion so Deon, Yolandi and Chappie can escape. The Moose is about to take out Ninja, but Yolandi surprises it by launching a rocket at it. It turns and shoots Yolandi dead. Chappie jumps back into the action and blows up The Moose.

Chappie rushes Deon back to the lab. Moore is still there. Chappie beats him into a mangled mess, but doesn't kill him. Deon is seconds away from death, but Chappie puts his consciousness in the one test robot that's available. Deon, now a robot figures out a way to save Chappie too. He sends Chappie’s consciousness into the nearest fallen Robocop. That works too.

So Deon and Chappie are robots now. Chappie has Yolandi's consciousness saved on a _____ drive from earlier when he was testing out the helmet. He hacks into the robot factory and has it create a new schematic. Yolandi’s consciousness is transferred into a brand new _________.

And they all lived happily ever after....... as robots.

Synopsis taken from IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1823672/synopsis 

Rewrite this plot summary in your own words below:

What questions do you have about the film?

Plot Structure

Plot Structure

Diagram

Read the handout and explain in your own words what the below terms mean:

Exposition:

Inciting Incident:

Rising Action:

Climax:

Falling Action:

Resolution/Denouement:

Brainstorm the important events here:

Plot the important events on the diagram below:

Character Traits

What are some character traits for each character?

Chappie

Yolandi

Ninja

America

Deon

Vincent

Character Analysis

Character

Questions

Write your answers here:

Chappie

(Scout 22)

How does he learn?

What is different about him to the other scouts?

What does he learn about his consciousness?

Why does he want to help Ninja with the heist?

Why doesn’t he want to help Ninja?

What is the promise he makes to Deon?

Why is he angry at Deon?

How does he protect Mummy?

How can we compare Chappie to a young child?

What does Chappie learn about his parents?

Yolandie (Mummy)

What does she think of Chappie?

Why does she look after him?

Why is she angry with Ninja and how he treats Chappie?

How different is she with Chappie compared to how Daddy treats him?

Ninja (Daddy)

What does Ninja want from Chappie?

Why does Ninja push Chappie to do bad things?

Why does he want Chappie to learn how to be a killer robot?

How does his behaviour change over time with his relationship with Chappie?

Deon (Maker)

Why does he create Chappie?

What does Deon want from Chappie?

Why does his perspective of Chappie change over time?

Why does Deon think Chappie is special?

America

How does he treat Chappie?

Who does he remind you of? Why?

How is he different to Ninja?

How does he try to protect Chappie?

Vincent (Bad Guy)

Why is he jealous of Deon?

What does he want?

How does he get what he wants?

What happens to him?

King

What does he want from Ninja, Mummy and America?

How does he try to get what he wants?

Any other questions or comments?

Character Comparison

How can you compare Deon and Ninja? Do they have any similarities?


How can you compare Chappie and The Moose? Do they have similarities?

Themes

For each theme - write a definition to help explain what the theme means. What characters are part of this theme? What scenes are related?

Themes

Definition

Characters Involved

Scenes

Brain Development

Child Abuse

Respect

Crime and Poverty

Ethics and Morality

Nurture and Development

Love and Caring

Impact of Bullying

Exposure to Violence

Parental Manipulation

Alternate Reality

Setting

Setting

Important Events at the Setting

Characters Related

Abandoned Building

Tetravaal

Vodacom

Deon’s House

The Hill

Roads

Symbols

Symbols

Definition

Importance of this Symbol

Chicken

Doll

Crush Sticker

Hustler Necklace

Guard Key

Black Sheep Book

Paints and Easels

Film Techniques

Camera Shots and Camera Angles

Camera Movement

Music

Special Effects (SFX)

What camera shots were used? Eg. close ups, wide shots, over the shoulder, two shot, mid shot,

long shot, high angle, low angle

What camera moment helps the audience to understand the characters and themes?

Eg. tracking, panning

What music was being

 used in the film?

What effect did the music have?

What special effects

were used in the film?

Eg. explosions, animation etc

Lighting

Costume

Editing

Actor’s Performance

What lighting was used in the film? What was the effect of using it?

What costumes are being used in the film? Why does the director use them for the characters?

How has the director edited the film together? Eg. Parallel structure, cross cuts,

 fade in and out

How does the actor portray the character effectively? Eg. Facial expressions, body language, gestures etc

Props: What props are being used in the film? What do they symbolise? What characters do they connect with?

Prop Analysis

  1. What does this doll represent to Chappie?

  1. How does he treat the doll?

  1. Why does he do this?

  1. How can you connect this prop with the main theme of child abuse, child develop or nurture and caring?

  1. What does this doll symbolise about children growing up and learning about their parents?

  1. Why does Chappie hide the doll from ‘Daddy’?

  1. Why does Chappie put the doll back in the box?

  1. What do we learn about Chappie during this scene with the doll?

  1. What do we learn about Ninja during this scene?

  1. What do we learn about the relationship Chappie has with Yolandi from this scene?


  1. What do the bottles and the gun symbolise in the film?

  1. What do we learn about Ninja and Chappie through the use of these props?

  1. Why does Ninja want Chappie to learn how to use the gun?

  1. Why doesn’t Chappie want to shoot anything?

  1. How do these props relate to the theme of crime and violence or the impact of bullying?

Dialogue: Write some important quotes below to show what the characters said to each other

Important Quotes:

Said by….who?

Social and Society Connections

Connection to Theme

Connection to Character

Connection to Society

Scene Analysis

What is important about each scene? What do we learn about the characters?

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Which scenes do you think are most important? _______________________________________________

Why?

The Three Laws of Robotics

The Three Laws of Robotics (also known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The Three Laws, quoted as being from the "Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.", are:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Found in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics 

  1. What do we learn about Chappie’s development throughout the film based on the above rules for robots?

  1. Why is it important for Chappie to choose who he wants to be?

  1. Why does Chappie listen to Deon and make a promise?

  1. What impact does Chappie’s consciousness have on the people around him?

  1. How different is he compared to the other robots?

  1. What makes him different?

  1. What could we learn from a robot like Chappie?

  1. What do we need to be more aware of with the coming future and artificial intelligence?

  1. How could we be more accepting of robots in the future like Chappie?

  1. How can we relate this idea to our current society issues?

Thoughts?

Essay Questions

  1. Describe a key relationship between two or more characters or individuals in the text(s). Explain how the relationship helped you to understand these characters / individuals, supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

  1. Describe at least ONE important decision that a character or individual had to make in the text(s). Explain how the decision affected the character / individual OR events throughout the text(s), supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

  1. Describe at least ONE idea that is relevant to people in today’s society in the text(s). Explain why the idea, as shown in the text(s), is relevant to people in today’s society, supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

  1. Describe at least ONE important setting in the text(s).Explain how the setting helped to show the author / creator’s idea(s), supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

Note: Setting is the time, place, and circumstances that form the background against which

characters or individuals live and act.

  1. Describe at least ONE event that was a turning point in the text(s). Explain why the turning point was important in the text(s), supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

  1. Describe your first impressions of a character or individual in the text(s). Explain how your understanding of the character / individual developed or changed throughout the text(s), supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

  1. Describe at least ONE change that happened in the text(s). Explain how the change helped you understand one or more key ideas in the text(s), supporting your points with visual and / or oral language features.

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Societal – How is society shown in your overall points? What have you learnt about our society?

Theme – What is the overall message of the text and your answer of the question? What have you learnt overall from the author/director and the text?

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