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Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings –...  View more >

Starring Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman...  View more >

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Mar 10, 2015
A possibly hopeful movie that was drown out by the film's violence. What we have here is a cartoon robot trapped in the middle of a R-rated very violent science fiction movie. It's just as bad as "Robocop" and I'm not talking about the 1987 movie. Dev Patel is the scientist who brough Chappie to life with the unwilling help from some street criminals. The problem with the movie is it's not the robot, but the violence in the movie. One scene has Chappie minicing a cartoon character on TV and another scene where he was attack by a bunch of street punks. There's another scene where the criminals reduce Chappie to a street talk clown. The movie forgot the purpose of the title character and they made it look like a fool. The ending is a little hopeful, but still the movie's violence doresn't help Chappie or the movie. Not one bit.
Mar 11, 2015
The lower end of good, but still worth watching. A police Robot is given human intelligence, starts out as a child and learns as he grows. It is influenced by different people some good and some bad. It has violence but no more than any other R rated violent film. Effects are good, actors are so so, but it is a good story.
Jun 30, 2015
Chappie is an uneven movie from Neill Blomkamp, the director who made the impressive District 9 and the less-impressive-but-still-good Elysium. It takes themes from many sci-fi movies and tries to blend them together, but doesn't succeed as well as those other movies.

Given that Chappie is a robot who achieves sentience, the most likely corollary is to Short Circuit from 1986. Whereas Johnny Number 5 exists in a world of Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg as the good guys and buffoons as the evil military bad guys, Chappie gets to grow up in a crime-stricken and desolate version of Johannesburg, and his role models aren't nearly as endearing.

The violence in this movie approaches Robocop (the original), but while Paul Verhoeven uses the violence to make a point about society, the violence here just seems to be part of the backdrop and nothing much more.

There are times when Chappie works. The concepts of sentience in inanimate machines are ripe for the picking, but just as we seem to be getting something of significance, the movie spirals into action scenes and Hugh Jackman trying to play a bad guy right out of a cartoon from the 70's.

I will say that the sound in this movie is impressive. There are times when items in the room rattled, so at least you get a rocking soundtrack in the place of the less-than-stellar storyline.

Maybe there was a better movie before it reached the cutting room, and we'll see a Director's Cut edition at some point, but we have what we have now, and you'll need to lower your expectations to enjoy watching Chappie. This one falls into the "not bad, but not good" category, and is definitely only worth renting as opposed to buying.

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