I usually agree with critics. I agree that most highly praised movies are good, while low-rated ones are bad. Critic reviews are usually my go-to for movies and what I want to see.
But the amount of criticism surrounding this movie baffles me. Sure, some of the acting is lackluster, but I didn't let it get in the way of me enjoying what this movie had to offer.
One year in the future, robots are being placed among police forces. One of the men working here sees robots as more than just tools, and thinks they can be raised like humans. He manages to create an A.I. program that lets robots learn like humans and to have emotions. After stealing a robot about to be crushed, he gets kidnapped by a street gang who want to use the robot for their own personal gain. Thus, Chappie is born into a dangerous growing environment, while his maker tries to get him to stay clear of the gang's bad influence.
My love of robots lead me to growing fond of Chappie, the titular character. He wants to do what's best for people, even though he has no idea that the gang is negatively influencing him. Speaking of which, I recall reading that the gang was supposed to be sympathetic, but the only one of them I found to be that way was Yolandi, who actually treated Chappie with respect. The others were just cruel, and treated Chappie like he was lower than human (well, he's a robot, but still).
The acting, for the most part, was pretty good, with the exception of the woman who played Yolandi. I felt she was lacking a bit in the acting department. Hugh Jackman, on the other hand, was very good at playing the antagonist. I wanted to punch him in the face the entire time, and that means he did his job well.
If you're looking for a robot movie that's filled with action and emotion, check out Chappie. Don't let the critics be the deciding factor in whether or not you want to see this movie.