Composed By: Hans Zimmer

Additional Music By: Steve Mazzaro and Andrew Kawczynski

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the science fiction action film Chappie, Dev Patel is Deon Wilson, creator of attack robots used by the South African police force to combat the rising crime rate in Johannesburg.  Happy with his success, he begins work on another prototype, an artificial intelligence that mimics the human mind enough to have emotions and opinions.  When his artificial intelligence project is rejected by his firm, Dev attempts to assemble the project on his own, using a damaged police robot.  Unfortunately, the project falls into the hands of gangsters.  Dev's rival, Vincent (Hugh Jackman) relishes the idea to prove his worth and provide the means for Dev's downfall.  But the one thing that no one seems to care about - Chappie.  Alone in a new world, learning from all the wrong people, Chappie must figure out his place in the world...and how to survive its many pitfalls.

                The musical score of Chappie was created by award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, with additional music by Steve Mazarro and Andrew Kawczynski.  Having created musical scores for over 120 films, Hans Zimmer has become a much sought after composer.  Recent scoring projects include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar, The Bible, 12 Years A Slave, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code and more.

                The entire Chappie score is filled with electric/electronic sound.  In Zimmer's own words: "Finally a movie that lets us unleash a completely Elekronik Musik score.  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...Steve Mazzaro, Andrew K., Andy Page, Ed Buller, Michael Tritter, Rich Walters, Junkie XL and a chap whistling...Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to present to you The Chappie Elektrik Synthphonia!" 

                Filled with electric guitars, synthesizers and percussion, the Chappie Soundtrack offers a futuristic and adrenaline pumping sound that I found incredibly refreshing.  But despite all of the action and ominous undertones that some of the tracks provide, there is still a sense of Chappie's innocence...a sense of a new mind being born.  These beautiful moments can be found early in the soundtrack and provide the listener with a sense of what Chappie experiences when he is first initialized and introduced to humanity...or the often lack thereof.  I also loved the last track, Illest Gangsta on the Block, which sounds very much like the scores of video games I played when I was a kid.

                I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Chappie Soundtrack.  I've been wanting to see the movie simply based on the promos, but now, having listened to the soundtrack, I want to see it even more.  That is the sign of a well-composed musical score, one that inspires you to actually check out the film it was created for.  Job well done, Mr. Zimmer!


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