March 6, 2015 (Theatrical)
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver
A robot developed with impeccable artificial intelligence is stolen (kidnapped? robonapped?) by a gangster duo who wish to use it (him?) for no good.
Why You Should Care About Chappie
Neill Blomkamp is a director to keep an eye on
This is the guy that brought us District 9, one of the best sci-fi/political allegory films in recent memory. And even though Elysium was a little disappointing, there’s no denying the fact that it was a well-made piece of action filmmaking.
Self-aware robots are almost always interesting
Some of the greatest sci-fi parables have featured robot in a starring role–Blade Runner, Wall-E, and (yup, I’m going there) Short Circuit quickly come to mind. Based on what we’ve seen thus far, it seems as if Chappie will continue the oft-loved tradition of injecting a sense of wonder into the subject of artificial intelligence.
Humor has returned!
District 9 was as funny as it was thought-provoking, a factor that Elysium lacked. If the trailer is of any indication, it looks as if Blomkamp will have Chappie returning to this (sometimes) light-hearted approach to the (possibly) heavy subject matter at hand.
This could be Dev Patel’s comeback
Patel made his breakthrough with the excellent Slumdog Millionaire, only to have his Hollywood dreams put on hold thanks to fellow Indian (and all around hack) M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender). His role in Chappie has a good chance of reinstating his abilities.
Chappie Theatrical Trailer