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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, 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.
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Critics Consensus: Chappie boasts more of the big ideas and visual panache that director Neill Blomkamp has become known for -- and, sadly, more of the narrative shortcomings.
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Common Sense Says
Underwhelming robot sci-fi thriller is really violent.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chappie is from South African director/sci-fi specialist Neill Blomkamp, who also made District 9. Despite the movie's Short Circuit-meets-A.I. overtones, Chappie is far too violent to be appropriate for tweens or even young teens. In fact, there's so much violence (there are lots and lots of guns, and people are shot at, crushed, punched, stabbed, and even sliced in half) and strong language ("motherf---er" is thrown around casually, even by the robot) that even some adult audiences might find it off-putting. There's also a quick glimpse of a naked woman seen on television in the background of one scene and lots of drug-related content (the criminals are dealers). On the plus side, the movie could prompt interesting discussions about what makes someone "human" and whether artificial intelligence is any more or less moral/ethical than human actions.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action
- Release Date:March 6, 2015
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
If purchased in:4K
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