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Neill Blomkamp wrote and directed a movie that combines the two classics Short Circuit and Robocop into an action, sci-fi film, CHAPPiE. Set in the near future in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, artificial intelligence robots help the police keep the peace. When inventor Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) designs and builds a robot called Number 22 that can think for himself, the robot is stolen by crime lords Ninja (Ninja) and Yolandi (Yo-landi Gisser). Yes, the character was given the same strange name as the actor for this ridiculous story. The gangsters give Number 22 the name CHAPPiE (voice by Sharltov Copley) teach him to talk like a gangster, and then add gangster tattoos all over him. ((Number 22 is no Number 9.) So, all of this is happening because they want CHAPPiE to help them to rob an armored car. In the meantime, another software inventor Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) schemes to stop Chappie because he wants the police department to use his creation – a remote controlled uber robot named “Moose.” (I couldn’t make this stuff up.) The corporate boss, Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) has a conscience and tries to stop Vincent from activating Moose, but alas, that would cut some of the scenes out of this ridiculous story. The film begins fast paced with hundreds of bullets flying around, then changes to a comedy with Chappie doing his comedy routine, and concludes as a sci-fi thriller with even more action. There are nonstop gangsters, robots, gunfights and even some humor before this mercifully ends. The acting is awful throughout and Sigourney Weaver has a small role and her characters dialogue is painfully simplistic. Obviously, the writing is not the greatest but having South African rappers playing certain parts only makes things worse. (Yes, blindness is a blessing.) Neill Blomkamp burst on the screen several years ago with the film District 9, then he directed Elysium, which was a step down but still worth viewing. This movie isn’t worth watching and thank goodness I only have to listen to it. This film is somewhat entertaining but had shoddy directing and editing and I’m giving it a D rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA