Chappie – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis: In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Review Summary: Promising filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has retained his flare for gorgeous production design and interesting ideas, unfortunately with Chappie, those ideas are all recognizable from other, better pieces of entertainment. The film sets up a potentially riveting confrontation between characters played by Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman, yet is quickly reduced to a childlike Chappie being led around by vile gangsters played by the two members of Die Antwoord, who play an amalgamation of themselves. The choice that Blomkamp made to focus on these characters was so misguided, that I’m officially worried about Alien 5.

Grade: D+

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief nudity
Run Time: 120 min

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