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Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie gets extended trailer & UK release date

January 16th, 2015 by Derek Robertson Comments


When the first teaser arrived earlier last year for Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9, Elysium) Chappie, the had a Short Circuit feel to it, hinting at a touching, humorous adventure from the visionary director with his usual trademark visuals. However, judging by the new trailer it seems that there is more than meets the eye; looking more like a Short Circuit meets Robocop kind of film. This is far from a bad thing, it’s just that there appears to be a far more serious side to the story, hinting at some heavy topical issues at the centre of the film.

In the movie, the police are all replaced by brutal robots. However, one of the robots, Chappie (Sharlto Copley performing motion capture) gets an upgrade making it able to learn and think, all whilst gradually experiencing feelings as a by-product. This is, in part, due to the character Deon (Dev Patel) becoming emotionally engaged with Chappie and its growing consciousness, teaching Chappie new things about life.

However, what is most revealing in the second trailer is the motives of Sigourney Weaver’s character and her anti-A.I. extremist Vincent (mullet advocate Hugh Jackman), who both want to wipe out Chappie’s independent consciousness before it has time to grow and expand, and become a threat to humankind.

At first I was slightly worried when Blomkamp announced that Chappie was going to be a comedy, but going by the second trailer, there is going to be a good mix in the film.

Blomkamp has created his signature look yet again, with aesthetically stunning visuals, and a seamless mix of humans and robots balanced against dilapidated backdrops – he has truly nailed this look (somebody give this guy the Halo gig!). The director has not failed to disappoint yet with his unique take on the sci-fi genre and this looks set to be one of the most original films of the year alongside Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.

Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think:

Chappie will arrive in UK on March 6, 2015 co-starring Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo


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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.

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