When the first teaser arrived earlier last year for Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9, Elysium) Chappie, it appeared as if the movie was going to be Short Circuit for a more adult based audience, hinting at a touching, humorous adventure from the visionary director. However, going by the new trailer, there appears to be a far more serious side to the story, hinting that there’s a serious topic at the centre of the film.
In the movie, the police are all replaced by brutal robots. However, one of the robots, Chappie (Sharlto Copley performing motion capture) gets an upgrade making it able to learn and think, all whilst gradually experiencing feelings as a by-product. This is, in part, due to the character Deon (Dev Patel) becoming emotionally engaged with Chappie, and its growing consciousness, teaching Chappie new things about life. What is most revealing in the trailer is the motives of Sigourney Weaver’s character and her anti-A.I. extremist henchman Vincent (Hugh Jackman), who both want to wipe Chappie’s independent consciousness before it has time to grow and expand, as they see it as a threat to humankind.
Thusly, the confusing dichotomy in the first trailer involving rap-rave group Die Antwoord’s characters being on Deon’s side, watching the robot learn new things and adapts, only to see them teaching Chappie to act like a badass, makes more sense in this context. They are teaching him to be a survivor.
At first I was slightly worried when Blomkamp announced that Chappie was going to be a comedy, but going by the second trailer, there is going to be a good mix in the film.
Blomkamp has created his signature look in the film yet again, with aesthetically stunning visuals, and a seamless mix of humans and robots balanced against dilapidated backdrops – he has truly nailed this look. The director has not failed to disappoint yet with his unique take on the sci-fi genre and this looks set to be one of the most original films of the year.
Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Via – ComingSoon.net