Neill Blomkamp's made his name by crafting big sci-fi movies that tackle big ideas, and he's at it again with Chappie, the story of a robot who can think and feel, the strange family that gathers around him and the people who want him destroyed.
The film stars longtime Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley as the titular robot, who's created by a robotics expert (Dev Patel) very interested in whether he can make a machine that thinks and feels just like a human child. Chappie does indeed think, feel and learn, surrounded by his creator and a pair of criminals (South African rappers Die Antwoord) who kidnap him but also grow to care about him. But not everyone thinks this new form of consciousness is a good thing. Former soldier Vincent (Hugh Jackman), a man convinced the only good robots are ones under direct human control, sees Chappie as a threat, and his superior (Sigourney Weaver) sees creations like Chappie as a threat to the future of humankind (clearly, she saw The Terminator). Together, they're bent on destroying the robot, and the chase is on.
While the first trailer for the film focused mostly on introducing us to Chappie and showing us some inspiring moments in which he learns and gains awareness, this trailer is more about the film's central conflict, and about shedding light on the society in which the film takes place, a near-future world in which robotic police have become commonplace. There are some great action visuals, plenty of soaring dramatic music, and lots of Hugh Jackman looking angry. Check it out below.
Chappie hits theaters on March 6.
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