CHIPS DVD review

CHIPS is a movie adaption of TV series that ran from 1977 to 1983, which follows the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. Not a TV series that came to South African TV stations in the 80s so I dont have the typical nostalgic view on…

The Crit

Cast - 50%
Story - 30%
Music Score - 40%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 50%

44%

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CHIPS is a movie adaption of TV series that ran from 1977 to 1983, which follows the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. Not a TV series that came to South African TV stations in the 80s so I dont have the typical nostalgic view on watching it, neither am I familiar with watching any of the re-runs subsequent to its initial release. I came in with a complete fresh experience to the CHIPS universe and wondered why it was called CHIPS. Well the title CHIPS actually is CHP which stands for California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles hence the name.

A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for two very different reasons. Baker is a former motorbike rider who’s trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who’s investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys.

The movie was directed, written and stars Dax Shepperd best known from the tv show Punk’d. He brought together an odd mix of fairly known actors but who are not traditionally cast in Comedic roles, which I felt did not project an overall comedic theme. I felt too much was happening which detracted from building the characters and their world. In a sea of remakes this one struggles to stay afloat and is just another fun adaptation that will probably go on to spawn a TV show remake. There are times the movie gets really stupid which in turn makes it funny. The craziness is balanced with the intensity of Vincent D’Onofrio.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Comedy, Action
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 27 June 2017

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