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Chappie (2015)

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In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. 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.

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Neill Blomkamp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharlto Copley ... Chappie
Dev Patel ... Deon Wilson
Ninja ... Ninja
Yo-Landi Visser ... Yo-Landi (as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er)
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Yankie (Amerika)
Hugh Jackman ... Vincent Moore
Sigourney Weaver ... Michelle Bradley
Brandon Auret ... Hippo
Johnny Selema Johnny Selema ... Pitbull (as Johnny K. Selema)
Anderson Cooper ... Anderson Cooper
Maurice Carpede Maurice Carpede ... Police Chief
Jason Cope ... Tetravaal Lead Mechanic
Kevin Otto Kevin Otto ... Interviewer
Chris Shields ... Journalist
Bill Marchant ... Professor
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Storyline

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The next generation of family. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humandroid See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,346,782, 8 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,569,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,399,548, 25 May 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle (Sigourney Weaver) delivers the lines, "Destroy that robot! Burn it to ash!" This is possibly a reference to her role in Alien (1979) where a thinking robot (named Ash) protected the alien at the expense of the "expendable" crew. See more »

Goofs

Police vehicles in Johannesburg do not have regular registration plates ending in "GP" (Gauteng Province, the province Johannesburg is in), but rather end in the letter "B". The registration plates for the police vehicles in the movie are "GP" plates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Journalist: Historically, when we look at evolution, it's not surprising that uh... Chappie's left turn... uh... happened.
Professor: It's too early to tell how this is all going to play out. I didn't believe that this would happen in my lifetime, but... but it is happening.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits appears "Be Moved" in large font. See more »

Alternate Versions

In an alternate ending, Chappie has an army in downtown then ends the footage of William Roberts. See more »


Soundtracks

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Opening Theme
Written by Lou Scheimer (as Erika Lane), Shuki Levy and Haim Saban
Courtesy of Classic Media, LLC
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User Reviews

 
An Excellent Movie with a few rough edges
6 March 2015 | by ephx-andrewSee all my reviews

Chappie is exuberant, playful, funny and perhaps one of the most human characters to grace the screen in years. He's an unwilling action hero that one can both identify with and admire. His story is gripping and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Unfortunately some of Chappie's brilliance comes at the expense of the world around him. Plot holes and logical fallacies abound, and although some of it can be written off to the imperfection of humanity (a central theme in the movie) there are enough "Wait, why the would he/she/they do X."" moments to be a significant distraction.

Many reviewers have complained that Chappie Cliché. In an era where the majority of box office darlings with >8 star reviews are remakes, reboots or result of the Disney/Pixar/Marvel equation the majority of those reviewers are clearly either hypocrites or they don't know what cliché means. Chappie is soaked in the Blomkamp style and while that style was new and fresh with District 9, its unreasonable to expect a director's primary product to be novelty.

Overall it's a good movie, certainly more interesting than most of the box-office-safe fare out that's been out there.


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