Appalling ‘Chappie’ needs to power down

March 6, 2015 5:55 AM

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“Short Circuit” meets “RoboCop” — with asides to “WALL-E,” “E.T.,” “The Road Warrior” and many other better movies — in “Chappie,” an interminable, violent, incoherent and wearying R-rated sci-fi action comedy.

Director Neill Blomkamp, who shot to international prominence with the clever apartheid allegory “District 9’’ (nominated for a Best Picture Oscar), bludgeons the audience with stale political satire, bloody shootouts, carjackings, tear-jerking — and even an Anderson Cooper cameo — for two solid hou...

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