Oscar-nominated writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) helms this sci-fi biopic of a “new-born” robot, observing a near-future Earth as he grows to discover a sense of self. Stars Die Antwoord members Yolandi Visser and Ninja, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Blomkamp’s go-to actor Sharlto Copley as the robot Chappie.
A robot police force has helped to reduce Johannesburg’s violent crime rate, and now their creator Deon (Dev Patel) can perfect his next obsession – creating artificial intelligence. Using a clapped-out robot destined for the scrapheap as a vessel, Deon brings his concept to life, but the pair are soon kidnapped by gangsters (Yolandi Visser and Ninja) who not only name the childlike AI “Chappie” but begin teaching it all the wrong lessons. With Chappie’s education heading in unexpected directions and a workplace rivalry between Deon and Vincent (Hugh Jackman) spilling violently on to the South African streets, a collision between machine and man looms.