Chappie review

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In the near future, crime is monitored 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 and 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.

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I was perfectly happy to let this one go unwatched, the director’s last two films felt like they were missing something essential and were heavy handed in their social commentary.  Also, who need yet another movie about robots (or AI) that come to life and take part in shenanigans? It was until a recent reddit thread talking about the film that I found out what it’s really about: Die Antwoord find s arobot and Hugh Jackman wears mom shorts.  Throw in some way over the top acting by Jackman and some excellent cgi / bodysuit work for the Chappie character, all set to a Die Antwoord set selection, and you get a pretty good result.  Also, someone obviously had a heart to heart with Neill Blomkamp, because there were several opportunity for “Chappie” to go off the same rails that his previous film have, but luckily he was smart enough to guide the film to a more reasonable path.

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