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Chappie (15)

Chappie (15)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive 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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The critical consensus

Neill Blomkamp is a goddamn genius. Neill Blomkamp is also an abysmal filmmaker.

**(*)(*)(*)David Ehrlich, Little White Lies, 05/03/2015

Verdict: Derivative sci-fi.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 06/03/2015

Coming on at times like District 9.5, Blomkamp’s third movie has just about enough spectacle and quirk to overcome some fairly major flaws, not least of which is an unappealing central trio.

***(*)(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 04/03/2015

While it doesn’t reach the explosive highs of District 9, sci-fi fans will find plenty to enjoy in Chappie. Copley excels, the VFX are exceptional, but the story needs fine-tuning.

***(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 05/03/2015

This admirable misfire is often endearing and Chappie is creatively designed and feels real, but an unsophisticated approach to its subject matter combined with the slight characterisations edges it perilously close to the scrapheap.

**(*)(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 06/03/2015

Blomkamp plays on our emotions but the plot is derivative and messy.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/03/2015

Chappie is a broad, brash picture, which does not allow itself to get bogged down in arguing about whether or not “artificial intelligence” is possible. It has subversive energy and fun.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/03/2015

Chappie is an ambitious futuristic epic that struggles to balance its more philosophical elements with Blomkamp’s cartoonish instinct to blow everything to smithereens. Not exactly subtle but still a watchable guilty pleasure.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/03/2015

Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi romp about a police droid reprogrammed to emote and think fails to convince.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/03/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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