Writer/director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) delivers a far stronger film than expected with Chappie. While its resolution fizzles, the rest of this film is a mesmerizing dialogue on humanity and child abuse.
Premise: Crime in Johannesburg is controlled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid is given new programming, new life is born Result: A fresh new take on artificial intelligence and true life.
Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) sits atop his own world. His para-military automatons are wildly successful in helping to police the endemic catastrophe that is the Johannesburg city streets. But, he wants more, he wants to reach the answer to artificial life and despite repeated denials from CEO Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) and jealous madness from rival Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) his obsession grows.