Before Chappie, we got Elysium, which had Sharlto Copley playing the greatest villain of the 21st century so far ...
Everyone agrees, right?
... and a bald Matt Damon playing a character whose only motivation was wanting to stay alive for a little bit longer.
Me too, bald Matt Damon. Me too.
I can get behind that. However, Matt Damon was not the first choice for the role.
You'd think that Blomkamp would have looked for other action stars, but as we saw in his erratic progression from District 9 to Chappie, Blomkamp is not a man who indulges in the obvious. He leaves all the obvious stuff to the themes of his films, which characters inevitably recite as if they've had their scripts replaced with the movie's Cliff's Notes.