Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chappie: First Look At Neill Blomkamp's New Sci-Fi Film

Director of "District 9" and "Elysium," Neill Blomkamp, has a new trailer out for his latest film "Chappie." 

  Only a few details are out about "Chappie,"   however, we can glean from the trailer above is that Chappie is an artificial being developed by Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") , and like a child,  Chappie becomes aware of the world around him gradually, "I pulled you into this world -- a machine that can think and feel."  Patel's character, Deon, goes on to say, "Like a child, it has to learn. Any thing you want to do in your life you can do. Like write poetry, [or] have original ideas." A robot that ins some ways seems like a child in a metal rabbit suit, Chappie is in a world not unlike our own with our prejudices, "p[eople are always fearful of what they don't understand." Hugh Jackman's ("Wolverine," "Prisoners") character, Vincent, says, "The problem with Artificial Intelligence is it’s way too unpredictable."  

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Neill Blomkamp tends to write and film stories that have a social relevance to today's society. "Chappie" seems to be an attempt to challenge us into thinking about ourselves and our fears. In the trailer, Yolandi Visser, played by Yo-Landi Visser of the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, asks Chappie, "Do you know what a black sheep is?" Chappie, "No." "It's like when you are different than anyone else."  

The questions unfold about artificial-intelligence as the technology to create something akin to what we call consciousness looms on the horizon. Chappie declares, "I am alive. I am Chappie." as Chris Clark's haunting, but triumphant melody plays in the background. The real question that Blomkamp is asking, of course, "Is it a child, or the next step in evolution."

The star of "District 9," and co=-star of "Elysium," is Neill's childhood friend actor Sharlto Copley in a motion capture suit playing Chappie the robot. Also along from the Blomkamp retinue of talent is Trent Opaloch as director of photography. Opaloch's credits include "District, 9" "Elysium," for Blomkamp and  "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" for directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. 

Here is the synopsis I grabbed off of IMDB:

"After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot."
Look for "Chappie" hits theaters March 6, 2013


Movie Data

Genre:  Sci-Fi, Thriller
Year:  2015
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Yo-Landi Visser
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Producer(s): Simon Kinberg
Writer: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Rating: R
Running Time: Unkown
Release Date: 3/8/2015

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