FACIT: Although the film did not enjoy positive reviews (Tomatometer 33%), it is a thought-provoking story of the learning process of an AI robot, and provides a simplistic but somewhat realistic-feeling scenario how AI robots might develop and threaten mankind, and also how one programmer by himself with access to the AI system can pose quite a threat!
The film, set and shot in Johannesburg, is about an artificially intelligent law enforcement robot captured and taught by gangsters, who nickname it Chappie.
Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Yolandi Visser of the South African zef rap-rave group Die Antwoord as metafictional versions of themselves. Chappie premiered in New York City on March 4, 2015, and was released in U.S. cinemas on March 6, 2015. The film grossed $102 million worldwide against a $49 million budget.