Chappie ★★★½

This R-rated spiritual sequel to Short Circuit starts off in a messy way, jumping all over the place in tone and narrative.. but somehow it snowballs into a pretty stunning post-humanist fable in the second half and ends on a really great note, echoing Ghost in the Shell and even the recent Her. I know a lot of folks dumped on this one and I get it (and by the half-hour mark I was starting to agree) but once Chappie gets that second act momentum going.. it really blasts through some joyous cyberpunk nonsense - and that is exactly my kind of nonsense.

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