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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chappie
... Deon Wilson
... Ninja
... Yo-Landi (as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er)
... Yankie (Amerika)
... Vincent Moore
... Michelle Bradley
... Hippo
Johnny Selema ... Pitbull (as Johnny K. Selema)
... Anderson Cooper
Maurice Carpede ... Police Chief
Jason Cope ... Tetravaal Lead Mechanic
Kevin Otto ... Interviewer
... Journalist
... 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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Humanity's last hope isn't human. See more »


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

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6 March 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brandon Auret, who plays "Hippo" in the film, openly admitted his disdain for his co-star Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones) in an interview. He quoted saying "Everyone knows the relationship that I have with Waddy. I don't care much for him. I don't care much for his band, I don't care much for anything that he does, you know, when somebody comes and feels that they have the right to tell you how to do your job? Yeah, it became an issue." See more »

Goofs

When Deon is being followed from Tetravaal, Vincent's vehicle changes from a compact car to a pickup.

The camera view (Vincent's viewpoint) is clearly coming from the vehicle behind the car. At the right edge of the screen you can see the orange/red of the truck. See more »

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


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Evil Boy
(F__k You In The Face Mix)
Written by Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser (as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er), D.J. Hi-Tek (as DJ Hi-Tek), Diplo, Wanga and Hugo Passaquin
Performed by Die Antwoord
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Funny, Violent, Heart-warming, Heart-wrenching, Thought-provoking story
6 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I went into Chappie as a huge fan of the gritty action and social commentary of District 9. I expected that this would be more of the same. Both are still present, but surprisingly, with laughs.

This is one of the more entertaining movies from every angle that I've seen in awhile. I described it as I left as funny, sad, uplifting, dark, light, silly, and tense.

The center of the story is Chappie. He is a hero you want to shelter, even though you want him to learn. But even as you love his curiosity, you fear his naiveté. He is the most complex character, and gives a fascinating paradigm into how children must receive and process human society and contradiction. There are some inconsistencies in Chappie's character (is he already programmed to raise his voice if he's scared, or did he learn that?), but he still succeeds as a dynamic, independent being.

Yes, the humans characters are flat. They are merely roles. The Maker. The Villain. Mommy and Daddy. The friend. But as Chappie begins to learn, you see why they have to be flat. They are trying to exert influence on a (robotic) child. Therefore, they must simplify their own motivations and desires into the most basic explanations possible for Chappie to understand. This leads to hilarious imitation and thought-provoking perspectives.

Chappie's curiosity was once ours. Chappie's confusion was once ours. Watching Chappie is like watching a sped-up version of childhood social and moral development, with all of the Hollywood tension, explosions, and naughty words to keep you interested, too. There are parts to laugh at because it's funny, parts to laugh at because the costuming and set design is ridiculous, but you still end up thinking seriously the whole time.

Give it a chance. You might love it. I did.


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