Writer/director Neill Blomkamp has a unique vision for his sci-fi films. His first foray, District 9, resulted in a rare nomination for the genre for an Academy Award. District 9 looked at the social upheaval caused by a future immigration of aliens from a doomed spaceship. Last year, he turned Matt Damon into a cyborg making an escape to a Utopian world in Elysium.
Now Blomkamp again looks at human society and culture but this time in the context of a robot with artificial intelligence in Chappie. Chappie is a fish-out-of-water story about a robot experiencing what it means to be alive.
This modern take on the 1980s robot movie Short Circuit and update to Steven Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial intelligence stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel as an inventor who creates the robot that thinks and feels. His creator role is like that of Geppetto from Pinocchio, and Chappie experiences his own growth like the puppet that wanted to be a real boy.
As with Blomkamp’s prior sci-fi films, the special effects look to be superb. The robot moves freely like a human, and it’s easy to predict that moviegoers will fall for this new creation.
Check out this first trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie:
Genre faves Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver will co-star.
Chappie will be released in theaters March 6, 2015.