'Chappie' Isn't Even In These Two Clips From Neill Blomkamp's Latest

Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:29 Written by  iamrogue
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'Chappie' Isn't Even In These Two Clips From Neill Blomkamp's Latest

Yep, Neill Blomkamp's next movie is an Alien sequel willed to life through Instagram. 

What about his current movie, Chappie? Is Chappie destined to be a footnote in the history of the Alien franchise, just the movie that led to Alien 5, little more the first time Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver worked together?

The first two clips from Chappie don't give an indication either way, mostly because they don't actually feature any Chappie.

The title character is a robot in futuristic Johannesburg, South Africa, a city policed by drone-like police 'bots who unquestioningly enforce the law whether it's moral or not.  Chappie's an oddity, however.  He's a droid with a soul, an artificial intelligence capable of thinking and feeling for himself.  As the newly self-aware robot navigates his robo-childhood, he gets roped into criminal hijinks and faces destruction from a harsh, heartless world that fears the very idea of a soulful machine.

Chappie's played via "poor man's motion-capture" by Sharlto Copley, star of Blomkamp's first movie, District 9, and the villain in his second, Elysium.  Weaver plays the head honcho at the company responsible for robo-cops, with Hugh Jackman as an intolerant employee and Dev Patel as the rogue robo-engineer who creates our hero.  Die Antwoord duo Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er play a pair of criminals who use young Chappie for their own purposes.

The first of these clips concerns Ninja, the second focuses on Jackman, Weaver, and a very ed-209-style war machine.  Mostly, though, these clips promise action.

To get to know the Chapster a little bit better, check out the five TV spots that Sony pictures recently dropped online.

Chappie is Blomkamp's third consecutive original science fiction movie.  His fourth feature film as director is, as mentioned, an Alien movie, one that might just bring Weaver back to the franchise that has persisted for her entire career.  It's an interesting step sideways for Blomkamp, a guy who initially going to make his theatrical debut with a big screen Halo movie, one that went through the developmental wringer and never got made.

While we'll have to wait to hear anything more about Alien 5, Chappie hits theaters on March 6th.

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