Director Neill Blomkamp applies his edgy comedy to artificial intelligence.
Neill Blomkamp is the director that brought us District 9, a film that managed to blend sci-fi with a gritty realism and at times a sense of humour. The trailer for his latest film Chappie seems to hone in on these elements too as we are shown a different look at the future of artificial intelligence.
Chappie is the first robot with the ability to think for himself and develop his personality through interaction and learning. That personality is somewhat skewed when Chappie is kidnapped by a street gang. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver and is due out in cinemas in March 2015.
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.