Chappie

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  • Summary: 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, destructiveIn 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. [Sony Pictures Entertainment] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 39
  2. Negative: 11 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    This hugely entertaining oddity could never be mistaken for the work of any other filmmaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 5, 2015
    67
    With a titanium body and a child's mind, Chappie is a fascinating figure, vividly rendered, enough so that you wish there was a better movie around him.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 5, 2015
    60
    Even at his shakiest, Mr. Blomkamp holds your attention with stories about characters banding together to emerge from a hell not of their own making, a liberation journey that just isn’t the same old, same old when a director was born in South Africa.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Mar 5, 2015
    50
    Chappie feels like Blomkamp and his co-writer Terri Tatchell had three or four different films they wanted to make, and instead of figuring out which one actually worked, they just made them all at the same time.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 5, 2015
    42
    The movie's glaring problem is the design and execution of Chappie, whose look is unremarkable except for a pair of polymer rabbit ears ready for meme posterity.
  6. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Mar 4, 2015
    40
    It’s too bad that neither the philosophy nor the pyrotechnics on-screen in Chappie can distract you from your own sinking feeling that you’ve seen almost all of this before.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 5, 2015
    0
    A misjudgment from metallic head to titanium toe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 208
  1. Jun 9, 2015
    10
    Incredible movie! Very entertaining and different. To those who did not enjoy it and rated with overly negative score: Go watch some paintIncredible movie! Very entertaining and different. To those who did not enjoy it and rated with overly negative score: Go watch some paint dry. That would cater to dull taste. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    What an inventive story! If only there wasn't so much r-rated stuff, this would be great for young boys, maybe young girls. In less than twoWhat an inventive story! If only there wasn't so much r-rated stuff, this would be great for young boys, maybe young girls. In less than two hours, we watch a consciousness grow and learn. It was cute, but also thought provoking. Some minds grow up to be honorable, other minds have no interest in honor. Because of that, the idea of A.I. Is scary and this movie shows why. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2015
    10
    This movie was the best movie of 2015 in my opinion so far it was really fun to go see and I love the idea of how Chappie is like a kid andThis movie was the best movie of 2015 in my opinion so far it was really fun to go see and I love the idea of how Chappie is like a kid and has to learn just like a human Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Short version: don't be discouraged by the negative reviews, give it a chance in the theaters and then decide!
    Long version:
    I get that it's not a perfect movie from an execution point of view, but i really don't think the reviews are doing this one justice.
    Sure,there are some plot holes but it seems people are focusing way too much on that instead of focusing on the good stuff this movie has to offer. Chappie, the robot, is really charming, convincing and very well developed as he goes from toddler, curious child witnessing the wonders of the world for the first time to facing the harsh reality of life and ultimately becoming conscious of his own mortality and freaking out about it. Also, how the opposing outside influences of Deon as the book worm science guy, Yolandi as the nurturing punk mom and the semi-abusive gangster father figure of Ninja have a believable impact on Chappie's growing up and understanding of the world I found well done and very believable.
    Sure, Yolandi and Ninja may not be the best actors in the world (they're not actors after all), but I personally think they play themselves in a way that services the film, with a few exceptions. Blomkamp clearly knew how to direct them and use them in the story and although some may argue they're a distraction and seem "stitched in", I took them as a well deserved dose of levity and color and an interesting couple set to raise a sentient robot.
    There were some pretty funny scenes at some point, most memorably the "putting them to sleep" part, that gave the dark and violent 3rd act a much more personal undertone and more power. It's the old "get them to have some good moments so you feel for them much more when the beep hits the fan".
    But what it boils down to, for me personally, is that this movie takes good SciFi concepts and portrays them is a better way and raises smarter questions about AI, consciousness, mortality and the difference between man and machine way better that any movie I've seen these last years. Certainly better than Transcendence witch was utter garbage.
    Also, as a software engineer myself, I think this movie does a very good job of keeping itself grounded in reality from a computer science point of view. All the concepts used are things expected to become reality and are being worked on in present. That is what makes it a good SciFi movie first and foremost, mixing in just the right amount of Fi with a substantial amount of Sci to keep it believable. The substance is there, even if in order to get all the ideas on screen some of the character development was sacrificed making the characters seem one note of cartoon y. I'm sure they all have complex lives and reasons for doing what they do, but there's only that much screen time and you can't show all of that. Not excusing it, but I don't think it's a reason to damn this movie.
    I'd put it on par with District 9, certainly better than Elysium. In this case I think the negative reviews are doing the movie a disfavor, there's nothing better out anyway, so why not give it a try and see if you like it for yourselves. And even if it bombs, this for me has the makings of a cult classic. 
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  5. Mar 16, 2015
    7
    Same or a bit better than Elysium, worse than District 9. Another great performance by Sharlto Copley. Great visuals. Lots of funny moments.Same or a bit better than Elysium, worse than District 9. Another great performance by Sharlto Copley. Great visuals. Lots of funny moments. Hugh Jackman is pretty good. But the movie was just pretty good. The ending is WAY TOO LONG. It also seems that most of the bad stuff that happens during the climax is fixed in the end. Kind of takes you out of the experience. Nothing too original. Not as bad as the critics say. But just as good from the director that brought us one of the best Sci-Fi movies of the past 10 years. Shame he cannot reach that height again. Hope he does better next time. Maybe it is not Blomkamp's fault. But it is a shame seeing pretty good movies after a fantastic one. Expand
  6. May 4, 2015
    5
    One of those movies that can get incredibly right some parts, a perfect 10, and screws so badly other themes and scenes that make you cringeOne of those movies that can get incredibly right some parts, a perfect 10, and screws so badly other themes and scenes that make you cringe in disbelief, "wtf have I watched?". My score could not be other than 5.The movie has Blomkamp signature: fast yet clever, good characters with enough development, that forces you to ride with the movie to get the whole scenario, and this was incredibly awesome. I think this was the first movie this year i cared about the characters, "good and evil", if there are any. But at the same time it gets so cheesy and vain that you can't believe it's the same movie. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2015
    0
    Херня для молетней пиздюшни. Для детей 5 лет. Которые не знают что такое сознание и сам человек. ТАКОООЙ ВЫСЕР Я БОЛЬШЕ НИГДЕ НЕ ВИДЕЛ В СВОЕЙХерня для молетней пиздюшни. Для детей 5 лет. Которые не знают что такое сознание и сам человек. ТАКОООЙ ВЫСЕР Я БОЛЬШЕ НИГДЕ НЕ ВИДЕЛ В СВОЕЙ ЖИЗНИ! Expand

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