Release Date: March 6, 2015
What happens when a South African man who goes to school in Canada for 3D animation and design, begins to write and direct? If I had a nickel for every time I heard that question… The answer of course is pure magic. This is the true story of Director Niel Blomkamp. His directorial debut was the critically acclaimed District 9. He followed up his initial success with Elysuim, and is at it again with his new film Chappie, which is based on Blomkamp’s 2004 short film Tetra Vaal. Chappie is the story of a robot who is created to learn and feel who is fighting against those who would capture him to turn him into something more.
Starring in Chappie, is Hugh Jackman (Wolverine, Les Miserables), Sharlto Copley (who is Blomkamp’s favorite actor and has worked with him on both District 9 and Elysium), Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Avatar), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Last Airbender)
This concept of a robot who gains “a soul” is not a new concept.
Short Circuit (1986) and it’s sequel are some of my favorites.
Bicentennial Man (1999) starring the late, great Robin Williams.
A.I. (2001) brought a child robot to life.
I, Robot (2004) and the three laws of robotics.
Wall-E (2008) brings us into the story after our robot hero has gained a personality.
Her (2013) is not about a robot, but does involve an artificial intelligence who finds life.
So, this isn’t a wholly original idea, but I love all of these movies and am looking forward to seeing the new spin that Chappie brings to this genre. Here’s the trailer for your viewing enjoyment.