3.5

Chappie

Action Sci-Fi Thriller


 

A one-time police droid becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

"Chappie" is full of intriguing ideas, but perhaps its greatest feat lies in the sense of empathy we feel for a sentient robot we know very well not to be human. The interaction between the title character and exaggerated personas of his gangster co-stars is seamless and feels absolutely genuine. Ultra-violent choreography and stunning visual effects underpin whimsical and heartfelt moments of humour. If you can forgive the flimsy narrative and embrace its sentimental intentions, this film remains an entertaining sci-fi romp. Happy Chappie.

Andrew O'Dea

Wide Release 12th March 2015
Sony Pictures 120 mins