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Chappie | 2015 | R | - 5.7.9

In a South African police state android scouts aide city patrols, but the people begin to fight back. A cadre of criminals force a scientist (Dev Patel) to give up an android he stole and reprogrammed to become sentient but a local robotic weaponry company sees the new android as a threat to business and unleashes a giant mega-robot against it and its human companions. Also with Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. English subtitles accompany English spoken with thick Afrikaner accents. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see a nude woman on a TV screen move on a bed to sit on her knees: her bare breasts shake and there may be a glimpse of pubic hair along with her bare thighs and legs. Two women wear low-cut tops that reveal a little cleavage. A woman wears tight jeans that accentuate the curves of her hips and legs. A woman wears a series of extremely tight, short-shorts. Several men are often shirtless, showing off tattoos on bare chests, backs, arms and necks. Two small balloon creatures painted on a wall seem to have penises.
 A man teaches a robot to hold his crotch when he walks in order to look "cool." A man tells a robot that men shoot guns and do not play with dolls.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A giant mega-robot uses pincers to rip a man in half in a long shot and sling the upper body into a wall with a splat (we see blood and gore drip from the waist area); we see close-ups of cutting blades and pincers.
 A man kneels in front of a mega-robot to draw its fire away from others, the mega-robot shoots several times through two men and a woman and we see blood splatter and splash out of the bullet holes as the people fall (one of them dies); the robot tosses explosive charges, fires a flamethrower into a warehouse and destroys it until a smaller robot explodes a charge planted on the other robot, depressing a remote control button; one injured man holds his blood-covered stomach as an android puts him into a van and drives quickly and erratically to a factory (we see blood spatter all over the back of the van).
 A man beats a robot and uses an electric saw to cut off one arm as the robot screams, throws the man and two accomplices and runs away; he walks to a warehouse where a man and a woman clean up his scorched back and replace the missing arm.
 Men pull other men out of a van and threaten with handguns; one of the men shoots a man dead (we see a little blood) and the leader puts the handgun muzzle into another man's mouth, but does not shoot.
 A man drops a sentient robot at a dump where six men are sitting and the men throw rocks, metal pipes and wooden clubs at him, followed by a Molotov cocktail; the robot crawls away on fire, the fire goes out and he runs shouting that he wants to go home as another man drives up, shoots him with radiation that makes him collapse and takes him to a factory. A man slams a coworker's head into a desktop, presses a gun to his cheek, threatens to kill him, and pulls the trigger (the gun is empty); he laughs as the other man gets up and stalks out of the building while coworker's stare.
 A mega robot launches through a rooftop of a factory and the camera cuts to it landing in a warehouse yard where it uses large rifles, grenade charges, electric saws, blades, pincers and pliers attached to its four arms to attack a dozen men; we see many men fall and grimace, and then lying dead (no blood is shown) as a woman picks up a large rifle and fires several times at the giant robot when a smaller robot attacks it and plants a grenade charge on it.
 A man-sized robot drives a van to a factory to confront a man where it chases the man up a staircase, dodging bullets and slams the man's legs with a giant spanner; he grabs the man, throws him into a wall and into a table, kicks him through a loudly shattering plate glass wall and through a plaster wall, then picks the man up and slams him into the ceiling, breaks one of the man's arms with a crack of bone, and then slams him to the floor, unconscious (the man lies with blood running down his face, arms and pant legs while blood clots cling to his face and head); men and women run out of the factory/office and scream as they see the damage. A man fires a grenade launcher at a robot who kicked down a door, demolishing the robot.
 A dozen men fight one another as a mega-robot attacks them and we hear a lot of automatic rifle fire and see dirt kicked up where most of the shots miss; several men fall, presumably dead, but no blood flows and one man is shot in the leg (he limps with some blood on his calf); a smaller robot punches a hole into a wall large enough for a woman to walk through to safety. A man puts on a sensor helmet and controls a mega-robot with his mind, which we see on a computer screen; as he manipulates the mega-robot to fly, throw explosive charges that cover a parking lot in smoke and kill people, he laughs loudly. A robot throws a ninja star into the neck of an armored car guard during a robbery and the man falls, bleeding down his shirt and trousers; the robot pulls the star out and rushes away.
 A voiceover announces 300 murders daily in Johannesburg while we see police beat people with clubs, an EMT gives CPR in a long shot, people and police officers punch one another and robots march while firing rifles at running criminals; many cars are aflame while rivulets of blood run in the streets and some buildings look abandoned and rundown with some walls covered in graffiti as robots jump from the ground to the rooftops and back down, telling people to drop their weapons.
 A thief takes a robot with him to steal cars and the robot demolishes the first car as the owner screams in anger and surprise before the robot throws the man across the street (we see no injuries); the thief shouts in anger and the robot frightens a man and a woman at gunpoint as he steals each of their cars without harming them. A man disarms hundreds of robot police officers and they convulse, clattering and collapsing to the streets; the camera cuts to mobs of people in the streets with torches, clubs and metal pipes, beating the fallen robots, as well as breaking shop windows, car windows and hoods while shouting.
 A scientist steals a robot and takes it home but thieves intercept him, beat him, throw water in his face to revive him and force him to make the robot work; there is a lot of shouting until the scientist switches on the robot and the thieves point their guns at the scientist and make him leave. A man purchases a handgun and ammo and pulls his own gun when thieves threaten him with their guns, making the thieves back off.
 An angry man slams his fist into his desk several times, kicks a cabinet and at home, swipes all his things off a tabletop in anger. In a warehouse, a man slams his cell phone into a concrete wall. A man fist-bumps with a robot that hits too hard and the man yelps, "Ow!"
 A crowd scene shows men cheering in an abandoned corporate building; they shout and run when they see a robot enter and we see a dead dog lying on the ground with its back to the camera (an illegal dogfight is implied).
 A man and a robot argue, the robot throws the man out of a parked van and shouts that all humans lie. A woman shouts at a man, "I hate you!" A robot shouts at another man, "I hate you, I hate you! Go away!" A man shouts at a male coworker about attempting to close down the first man's project. A CEO speaks harshly to two men; one who attempts to convince her to create sentient beings, and the other to release a giant robot onto city streets to kill criminals. A woman shouts and screams at a man for dropping a robot off at a dump.
 A man and two robots bury a dead woman and promise to give her a new body. A man in a van shouts, "I'm hit" after a gunfight with criminals and the camera cuts to a woman sewing his bloody forearm up with thread (we do not see any torn muscle). A man with bloody abdominal gunshot wounds dies as a sensor helmet transports his consciousness to a robot body and the robot runs out of the building as police cut through the door with an electric saw. A sentient robot collapses as his consciousness transports through a helmet to a different robot. A woman and two men continually wear gauze wrapped around their hands and forearms as decoration, but in one scene, we see a drop of blood on the gauze of one man's forearm.
 A man and a robot talk several times about death. A woman tells a robot that he has a soul that will go to the next place when he dies. A robot tells his inventor that he does not want to die, and the inventor tells criminals that he does not want to die. A robot becomes upset to know that he will die when his battery runs down. A robot enters his consciousness onto a laptop screen with a sensor helmet and it appears as many blue pulsating squares, with a few yellow squares.
 A man teaches a robot how to slash with a knife, slashing the air while telling the robot that a knife will only put people to sleep, not hurt them; he teaches a robot how to shoot, cursing and shooting beer bottles from a fence and he also demonstrates throwing stars, nunchaku and other knives; the robot breaks bottles, accidentally shoots a heavy punching bag and side-kicks through a concrete pillar; the man gives the robot painted tattoos and tells him that he is now a gangster. A man tells a robot that men shoot guns and do not play with dolls. A robot uses a laptop to instruct robotic arms in a factory to build a robot with a mask of a dead woman's face; the camera zooms in and the robot's eyes open as the scene ends.
 Some tattoos are seen on men's bare chests, arms and necks and they are pictures of combat knives and others are words like "tension."


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LANGUAGE 9 - About 46 F-words and its derivatives, 11 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (ridiculous, crazy, stupid, dumb, retarded, computer boy, boy, pathetic scum, little gangster, nerd, titanium baby, filthy, Philistine, barbarian, cripple, fool, deadbeat, monsters, pigs, dog), stereotypical references to men, women, parents, business owners, criminals, police officers, robots, heroes, scientists, manipulators, black Africans, South African whites, Asian Indians, African-Americans, Hispanics, Australians, exclamations (shut-up, geez), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, What In The Name Of The Lord, Christ's Sakes, Thank God, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man uses a large knife to count out chunks of a white narcotic for sale on the street, and six men smoke doped cigarettes around a campfire in a warehouse yard. A woman pours a drink of amber liquid from a decanter in her office and drinks from the glass, several outdoor party scenes and a crowd scene at a dogfight show large bottles of beer on makeshift tables as men and a few women drink from bottles of beer, and a man drinks two energy drinks and stays up all night working on a computer program. Several men smoke cigarettes in a warehouse as well as outdoors and at a dogfight and in a car, and a woman smokes several cigarettes at home and a man smokes a cigarette in a gun store.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Weapons manufacturers, martial law, robots, consciousness, freedom, life, death, consciousness, relationships, friendship, parenting, loss, grief, courage, determination, risk taking, revenge, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Humans are only beginning to understand consciousness and must be careful in experimentation with artificial intelligence.

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