The first trailer for writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s latest futuristic sci-fi exploration of robotics has been released. Chappie takes a look at the creation of artificial intelligence through the lens of a well to-do robot with the same name and the voice of Sharlto Copley. Learn more about our Johnny-5 wanna be after the break.
There’s a very sweet and innocent nature to this trailer that depicts a human element missing from Blomkamp’s previous feature, Elysium. Putting AI at the forefront of the conversation, Chappie looks like it will be a very interesting conversation piece if done well. Which I have high hopes for because this trailer is pretty cool. The visual effects for Chappie himself are absolutely stunning.
The plot is briefly hinted at within the teaser, but I will be interested to see what kind of world Blomkamp has developed with Hugh Jackman as the antagonist. Blomkamp’s strong suit is building very unique environments for his characters.
There also seems to be a growing trend for robots and AI lately, first Baymax in Big Hero 6, then Ava in Ex Machina, and now Chappie. Let’s hope we won’t get too tired out from all these robot movies by the end of it all because they are each rather interesting in their own respect.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Chappie:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Chappie stars Dev Patel, Yo-Landi Visser, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Sharlto Copley.
Chappie makes his way to theaters on March 6, 2015.
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Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment