Futuristic "Chappie" Has Trouble Booting Up


“Chappie” falls under the category of films that should've and could've been better. It’s one of those movies that redeemed itself at the last minute… or should I say 30 minutes. It gets off to a slow start but really delivers in action and drama in the final act. I don’t want to forget to mention the special effects and CGI are top-notch. In the end, what we get is Neill Blomkamp’s versions of “Short Circuit,” “Bicentennial Man,” and “RoboCop” all rolled into one movie.

"Chappie" takes place in the near future where a mechanized police force patrols the streets and deals with lawbreakers. Now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself. While the robot, dubbed "Chappie (Sharlto Copley)," puzzles out human behavior, the authorities begin to see him as a danger to mankind and order; they will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Hugh Jackman’s character in the movie is different from what I’ve seen him portray up to now. He did a great job embracing the role of a bad guy. I wish I could say the same about Sigourney Weaver, who ends up coming off as though she’s just going through the motions. Sharlto Copley voices Chappie and does a phenomenal job injecting humanity into what boils down to a character who is visually unable to show any type of sentiment.

“Chappie” is rated R for violence, language and brief nudity. There are definitely some gory parts some viewers might have problems with. It’s a movie about a robot being trained by street thugs to pull off a heist. That description should give you an idea of what type of profanity to expect.

The DVD version of “Chappie” doesn’t have much in the way of special features. A behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “We Are Tetravaal” is all that is found.

“Chappie” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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