(2015) (Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi/Action: Gang members get their hands on a police robot that's been modified to possess artificial intelligence and teach it the ways of their lifestyle, all while its creator worries about this new, sentient being.
- It's the year 2016 and robots known as Scouts have replaced all of the flesh and blood police officers in Johannesburg. That's good news for Michelle Bradley (SIGOURNEY WEAVER), the CEO of weapons firm Tetra Vaal that's manufacturing the units, as well as Deon Wilson (DEV PATEL), the programmer who designed the automated cops that operate independent of human supervision. But that doesn't sit well with Vincent Moore (HUGH JACKMAN), a rival programmer and former soldier who's designed a competitive and more militarized unit known as Moose.
Deon's robotic cops are hated by the city's criminals, including the trio of Ninja (NINJA), his girlfriend Yo-Landi (YO-LANDI), and their friend Amerika (JOSE PABLO CANTILLO). The three owe a lot of money to crime boss Hippo (BRANDON AURET), and decide the best way to get around the police is to kidnap Deon and have him change the programming. They do just that, but he informs them their idea won't work due to built-in safeguards. But they're intrigued by a previously damaged scout that he's taken without permission in hopes of instilling artificial intelligence into the unit.
He ends up succeeding with that, and Yo-Landi decides to name this now child-like robot Chappie (voice of SHARLTO COPLEY), and he quickly learns and adapts to his surroundings. Deon is pleased with his creation, but not in what Ninja is plotting to do with his robot, a sentiment shared by Vincent once he learns what's transpired. As the thugs and Deon try to educate this new sentient being from their own viewpoints, with the criminals wanting to turn him into one of their own, Vincent plots to use that to his advantage so that his robot creation will receive the green light and be viewed as the better solution.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're into sci-fi films about sentient robots, or are fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence, language and brief nudity.
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