'Chappie' is a confused tale of cute robot in a cruel world

March 6, 2015 7:42 AM

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WASHINGTON — It’s been six years since writer/director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene with “District 9″ (2009), a sci-fi flick that turned a modest $30 million budget into an underdog nomination for Best Picture.

His next sci-fi project, “Elysium” (2013), cost four times as much to make — and was only about a fourth as good. The $115 million blockbuster earned mixed reviews, leaving us scratching our heads.

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