Possible spoilers ahead!
“Chappie” follows the story of robotics engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) who creates a fleet of police robots controlled by advanced artificial intelligence programing. Thanks to the police bots, the crime rate in Johannesburg plummets, and human officer casualties are almost zero. But not all criminals are ready to leave the South African city.
During a raid on a criminal compound, scout #22 (one of the cop robots) is critically damaged in battle. Normally, the robot would be destroyed, but Deon needs him for an experiment. In his spare time, Deon has developed a sentient artificial intelligence, and now scout #22 has a second chance at life as Chappie (voiced by Sharlto Copley).
Unfortunately, Deon’s unauthorized project results in dangerous ramifications after Chappie is stolen by a group of thugs hoping to use the bot in a money heist. But the three idiot criminals are faced with a dilemma when they realize Chappie has the mind of a child. Deon is the only one who knows the robot has endless potential.
Surrounded by adults on both sides of the law, Chappie must now decide for himself the kind of man he wants to become. But he better decide quickly, because Hugh Jackman is coming for him.
This is one of those movies you’ll either love or hate, but at least it will have you talking. The effects are amazing and the action is up there with director’s Neill Blomkamp “District 9.” Come to think of it, this is Blomkamp’s best flick since “District 9.”
And for all those people and critics who are comparing “Chappie” to 1980’s movies “Robocop” and “Short Circuit”? You’re missing the point of “Chappie.”
This movie is both funny and sometimes poignant. The relationship between Yolandi Visser and Chappie is easily the most moving aspect of the film. And the way she treats Chappie, is essential of us as the viewer buying into the character of Chappie.
I will admit this movie features some characters that you’ll love one moment, and hate them the next. But you need to look at the bigger picture, and realize every character serves a purpose in Chappie’s arc. And it was kind of nice seeing Hugh Jackman playing the bad guy for a change, and a conflicted one at that.
I’ve tried writing this review since I saw the movie last weekend, but I just couldn’t figure out how to do it without spoiling the main parts of the movie. However, there is one thing I don’t have a problem telling you: “Chappie” is my favorite movie this year.
“Chappie” final score: 10