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A Tear Inducing Chappie Trailer Arrives

Not since 2008’s Wall-E have we been given a robot character that can tug at out heart strings and make us care so much about a piece of metal. Well, next year’s Chappie, directed by Neill Blomkamp looks set to not only be, potentially, a very moving film of a robot who can actually feel human emotions, but will also help Kleenex with some sales. Check out the first trailer below to see what I mean.

As you can see, the cast is something special, with the likes of Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Sigourney Weaver (Alien) who didn’t actually appear in this trailer, and Sharlto Copley, who is voicing the endearing android, Chappie.

From the trailer you could get the gist that Chappie may start like many other films which comprise a robotic central character, by showing us how and why he was created. Nevertheless, this is a Neill Blomkamp film, so things will probably stray from the “ordinary” as Chappie the robot will get influenced by both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ in people – as any normal child would. However, the only difference for Chappie is, you guessed it, is that he looks different.

It is clear that director and writer Neill Blomkamp, whose past films have all had politically heavy themes, looks to continue this trend with Chappie. Judging from the trailer, the film seems to be taking a look at how robots are perceived by the vast majority of society, because they are generally viewed as not being able to ‘care’ or ‘feel’ like normal humans. That’s probably where Hugh Jackman’s character will come in: his character, from the trailer, looks to be set on a mission to dispose of Chappie for whatever reason. Perhaps Chappie was blamed for a crime he did not commit, but was held responsible because of the perception of robots. It certainly seems like the film, at least, will be a refreshing look at how robots can blend into society because so many of these type of films only deal with how robots can’t ‘feel’ or emit emotion like the rest of us; so, a cool twist from the director.

Neill Blomkamp’s debut feature, District 9, took many by surprise as this first time director and leading actor (Sharlto Copley) executed an entertaining mock documentary style/action film, that dealt with both apartheid and ethnic separation in a science fiction universe. The film did this by showing how we, humans, have separated ourselves from an alien species that has arrived on Earth, and we have placed them in the slums of society, with barely any food and water to survive, just because they look different from the rest of us.

Similarly, Blomkamp’s second feature, Elysium, also dealt with a kind of ‘separation’ where the rich lived on a space vessel above Earth where there were no wars or illnesses; while back on Earth, poverty ran rampant and everyday people struggled for money and control over government power.

So, hopefully, Chappie will continue Blomkamp’s fascination with creatures/characters that don’t ‘belong’ but according to one of the film’s producers, Simon Kinberg, Chappie is not going to be the usual Blomkamp film we expect “it is, honestly, I would say the most original, unique, wild, provocative studio movie you will likely ever see.” Says Kinberg at Wondercon, last year. “It’s like Neill (Blomkamp) let loose.  It’s a real neat film.”

If Chappie can live up to Kinberg’s bold words, then we could have another District 9 scale success on our hands. Make sure to keep this one in your diary.

Chappie is due to release in the US on the 6th March 2015.

Let me know below if this first trailer is enough to make you buy a ticket when Chappie hits theaters.

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