Robots gaining sentience? Bestowing the gift of conscious thought on bulletproof, metal puppets? We know where this is going right? Well, prepare to have your preconceptions shattered. CHAPPiE is a discarded police robot, given consciousness by his optimistic designer. Waking up in a world alive with possibility, his creator informs him that he can do anything that he so desires.

With this freedom, CHAPPiE makes it his life goal to win Ultimate Braii Master. Teaming up with his sous-chef, CHOPPiE – a streetwise but warm hearted talking knife – he preps and braiis his way through round after gruelling round of flame grilled tension, until a spectacular final showdown with Hugh Jackman’s mulleted, impossible to please barbecue judge.

In all seriousness, this one is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Sci-fi in general, and particularly Neil Blomkamp’s films – District 9 and Elysium – both of which are excellent, and which, come to think of, I’ve also done comics for. I read an interesting article a while back talking about how his background in visual effects lets him plan out the CG stuff in his films much smarter and more efficiently than another director might be able to, so his films, while fairly CG reliant, come out with a much smaller budget than they otherwise might. Neat!

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