100 Word Review – CHAPPiE

Whilst CHAPPiE doesn’t do anything better than its blatant influences it does do enough to be both entertaining and heartfelt, if a little gratuitous at times.

The characters are two-dimensional and generally of the bad variety, but Jackman’s frighteningly mulleted engineer makes it easy to choose who to root for.

A Johnny 5/RoboCop hybrid, CHAPPiE himself is a wonder, both technically impressive and naively charming. His growth is great to watch, but the film chooses bombast when it should have chosen to be more intellectual and thoughtful. A worthwhile view but neither as awful nor amazing as some are suggesting.

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