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In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. 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. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
Action Sci-Fi Thriller - Despite the kid appeal of being centered around a robot, this science
fiction action drama is rated R for a reason: constant language, some
moments of bloody violence, and adult subject matter. So parents of
young children are strongly advised to use discretion. The big names
in the cast, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, have only smaller
supporting roles, with the leading players being Dev Patel and,
hidden behind a lot of robot effects, Sharlto Copley.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 22 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting nonsexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, some bloody killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Fights with people and robots, explosions, shootouts. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations with a robot.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor One of the biggest problems with the film is that Chappie himself is pretty much a tool, both literally and figuratively. "Chappie,"....is an exhausting slog through overly familiar cliches that is nowhere near as profound or touching as it clearly thinks it is and is utterly lacking in the kind of intelligence and artistry that it so often pays lip service to in the dialogue.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The concept is undeniably compelling, but portions of this dystopian action thriller begin to feel like a video game. Copley's Chappie is endearing, poignant and admirable. Chappie is at its best as a character study. The titular character is the most endearing robot since WALL•E. Where that animated film made a dramatic social statement, Chappie gets mired in too many menacing subplots with cartoonish bad guys.
NY PostFull Review Poor ...an interminable, violent, incoherent and wearying sci-fi action comedy. I haven't been as happy to see a movie end since the third "Transformers." Populated by unlikable, one-note characters (with broad performances to match) in hugely unappealing settings, "Chappie" should have stayed on the scrap heap. If you must see this, don't bring the kids.
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average Chappie feels played out from the start when a scientist (Dev Patel) reboots a police droid so it can think and feel for itself.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 17 moviegoers:
"Chappie" certainly did not fill the theaters. From three showings we were only able to collect 17 reviews. Although we weren't able to collect a lot of reviews, it's clear that most everyone enjoyed "Chappie" very much.
TEENS: One male rated "Chappie" "above average," but the other three felt it was only an "average" movie. All three of the females enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Great reviews from the three males. Two loved "Chappie" and one enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: One male loved "Chappie" and two rated it "above average," which indicates they enjoyed it very much. All three of the females rated it "above average."