Trailer: Chappie

Comfortably nestling in the nougat centre between Robocop and Short Circuit, is Neill Blomkamp’s A.I. action flick Chappie. Clearly as a filmmaker, Blomkamp has found his niche and is more than happy to stay in it.

In the meantime, you’ve got Hugh Jackman as the villain of the piece along with his boss played by Sigourney Weaver. Dev Patel (tired of Best Exotic Marigold sequels) as the inventor, and a mo-capped Sharlto Copley as the title character, humanities first A.I. robot.

The entire package looks handsome and well put together, even if it feels we’ve been over this ground many times before. Check out the full trailer below.

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kurt
Guest

Yet another CHAPPIE trailer, this one for the UK: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/video/chappie-uk-trailer-113212362.html

Andrew James
Admin

Am I the only one that just has zero interest in this? The idea is so over with (i Robot, Automata, Short Circuit, A.I., etc.) and done before and I still don’t understand the love people seem to have for Blomkamp. The two movies I’ve seen from him both had a great concept but were very mediocre (and that’s being generous) in execution.

David Brook
Admin

I’m with you Andrew. Blomkamp’s films have been fun, but not particularly well made (other than the FX) and this looks very cheesy. This trailer makes it look like a bit of a tonal mess too, with sappy Short Circuit moments nestling alongside grand, overly serious drama and action. I wouldn’t say I have ‘zero interest’, but I don’t think it’s going to be any good.

Sean Kelly
Guest

There was a very interesting post on IndieWire this week about how people are so quick to write-off Blomkamp, even though he is still quite early in his career, while directors in the past (like Kurosawa) didn’t hit it big until their 10th film.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/why-were-too-quick-to-write-off-new-directors-20150305

For the record, I still plan on seeing CHAPPIE this weekend, despite the horrible buzz.

Robert Reineke
Guest

Kurosawa wasn’t big internationally until Rashomon, but he was a successful filmmaker and well regarded right from his first film in Japan. Drunken Angel and Stray Dog in particular were big pre-Rashomon successes and even his films that weren’t successes were clear thematically, well shot, and well acted. Blomkamp only has “well shot” working for him.

David Brook
Guest

Are we really comparing Neil Blomkamp to Akira Kurosawa?

‘Well shot’ would be stretching it. ‘Works well with special effects’ is probably more on the money.

Obviously it’s true that you shouldn’t write people off after a couple of films (and I enjoyed District 9 and Elysium even if they’ve got some problems), but this line of defence seems a bit bizarre.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’m just the messenger in that regard.

Gerry
Guest

I thought District 9 was an engaging commentary on apartheid, not just a well shot special effects sequences film.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Watching CHAPPIE today, it was quite obvious that Blomkamp was trying to make the film closer to DISTRICT 9 in tone, however he also apparently felt compelled to make the hip-hop group Die Antwoord (who are essentially playing fictionalized versions of themselves) a very large aspect of the plot.

Rick Vance
Guest

I wish you luck to fill a whole main review about this movie because it is pretty empty through and through. It has ideas but doesn’t feel the want or desire to share them and backs off whenever it is about to get to something.

Haven’t been this angry at a movie squandering its potential when leaving the theater in a long time.

Kurt
Guest

I think it is very well likely that we will skip it. Reviews are beyond TOXIC, and we have MAPS TO THE STARS to think about anyway.

Rick Vance
Guest

That Western starring Mads is also on Demand right now The Salvation.

Andrew James
Admin

Thank God. I’ve had little interest in this from the beginning.

Costner here I come!

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