Rated R
2 hours
Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s something vaguely familiar about “Robocop” re-surfacing in South Africa under the name of “Chappie”.

The robot its creator dared program to feel and think just like a human. “Chappie” agonizes over his newfound Identity and his mortality. “Chappie” mixes action with Ideas into a thought provoking bloodbath. He’s a character we care about.

Hopefully gangbangers straight out of a “Mad Max” movie won’t corrupt this metallic good guy. “Chappie’s” exploits as a police robot with conflicted feelings will stir you emotions.

There’s a lot more to “Chappie” than the extreme bloodshed. You’ll read a lot into the politics of keeping police droids in their place. Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver are ruthless villains stopping at nothing to maintain control.

You can enjoy “Chappie” either as a straight action adventure or a message movie told with a touch of social satire. Either way, this well orchestrated fantasy will boost you emotions giving “Chappie” the satisfaction of thinking and feeling with 3 stars.

How such familiar material can seem so fresh and original is one of the secrets behind “Chappie’s” humanity.

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