Sony Pictures has released the first Chappie clip from director Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi film, and given that Blomkamp is next tackling a new Alien movie, there’s no doubt considerable interest in seeing how his latest film has turned out. As with all of Blomkamp’s films thus far, Chappie takes place in a not-too-distant and dingy future that has correlations to some sort of social issue currently facing our planet. In the case of Chappie, Blomkamp is telling the story of the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
As we can see from this clip, Chappie will no doubt tackle the issue of drones and artificial intelligence, and also the morality of using robots as a sort of expendable first line of defense. I loved District 9 but was really disappointed by Elysium, and the fact that Blomkamp was quick to attach himself to a known property before Chappie hit theaters doesn’t exactly give me confidence in his latest effort. I’m beginning to think he may be a filmmaker not unlike Andrew Niccol—capable of coming up with really fascinating ideas, but missing something in the execution.
Anywho, take a look at the first Chappie clip below, via Sony Pictures. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley as the titular robot. Chappie opens in theaters on March 6th.
Here’s the official 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.