Robot Fights For Its Humanity in Chappie Trailer

Robot Fights For Its Humanity in Chappie Trailer

District 9 director's third film follows a mechanical hero

Director Neil Blomkamp blew the blockbuster world's doors off with his Oscar-nominated debut District 9, but stumbled a bit with disappointing box-office for his follow-up Elysium. Now, the socially-conscious sci-fi maestro is looking to bounce back with the robot-starring action-drama Chappie.

Recalling earlier robot adventures like Short Circuit and Bicentennial Man, the film follows the exploits of Chappie - the first robot with actual artificial intelligence - and the influences that will form his understanding of the world as he "grows up" in a world that fears what the childlike machine could become. In the new trailer, he learns to mimic a He-Man cartoon, while posters ominously depict him having to choose between a set of children's building-blocks... or a gun.

The human cast features Dev Patel as a scientist and Hugh Jackman as a (possible) villain who distrusts Chappie. Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo also star. The film is due out in February 2015.

Source: Sony Pictures

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hmmm, Looks like one to watch, I think.

Ohhhh, I want it.

Okay, so Elysium was kinda meh, but this Blomkamp fellow can clearly make an awesome movie.

Also, is it just me or does the South African accent make the robot notably cuter?

Is that... is that Die Antwoord?

No shaky cam and the special effects don't have the extreme washed-out look from Elysium so I'm in.

The little bunny ears on chappy gave me (pleasent) memories of Briareos-H from Appleseed, so a nice connection there, and this does look very interesting.

Knew it was from Neil Blomkamp the moment I saw the pic of the robot, he has been in a lot of his stuff.

Tetra Vaal (2004)

Tempbot (2006)

and of course Elysium

It was also easy to see who played the voice of the robot

AH AM DEE FANNY MAN, FOK U!!!

Robot Fight*s* *f*or Its Humanity in Chappie Trailer

There are two typos... in the headline.

OT: This looks cool. I like his Briareos bunny ears.

The robot dies. We all know this. This is basically King Kong with robots, except without Jack Black. The cast start to love the robot, army man thinks its a monster and that it can't have emotions because "Its not human!" and "It has no soul!" or the ever original, "What happens when it computes humans are a threat?!"
Robot dies saving one or more of the cast, Robot's last words are something like "I feel..."
And we as the audience are left misty eyed, asking who the real monster is:

Credits

I enjoy robots, I enjoy the works of Neil Blomkamp.
Sold.

Gee, I wonder if the robot is pure and good and mankind is evil and corrupt. I wonder if this robot will hold a mirror up to our society in some extremely heavy handed manner.

Who's to say with Neil Blomkamp, right?

Zhukov:
Also, is it just me or does the South African accent make the robot notably cuter?

Not when you're South African. It feels like a gag that could wear thin quickly.

Xcaliber:
Is that... is that Die Antwoord?

Unfortunately yes. Strangely enough, they would only work if playing their caricature's completely straight, whereas their music is all about being a parody.

Being a South African, I have to defer opinion on this till I see it.

So what is it with Cinemas obsession about AI lately?

Has someone seen this?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b20dZiTWf1E
Also Transcendence (wich wasn't awful. Just falsly advertised)

After last years single AI feature and this two films we will see 4 films about that, the year after.
Then 8. It will grow exponentialy O_O

Silentpony:
The robot dies. We all know this. This is basically King Kong with robots, except without Jack Black. The cast start to love the robot, army man thinks its a monster and that it can't have emotions because "Its not human!" and "It has no soul!" or the ever original, "What happens when it computes humans are a threat?!"
Robot dies saving one or more of the cast, Robot's last words are something like "I feel..."
And we as the audience are left misty eyed, asking who the real monster is:

Credits

OR
Maybe robot doesn't die in the end and it realizes that there is more to human being than flesh and blood.
And despite it's flaws humanity is mostly good.
But sadly, for some reason, I think you're closer to what actually will happen.

D3s_ToD3s:
So what is it with Cinemas obsession about AI lately?

Because its topical. I for one welcome our robot overlords.

In all seriousness though; AI is the future, and we need discussions of it and its implications. Specifically, we need the shift in mainstream culture that I have been seeing as of late; From 'unknowable' to 'I want one' in the likes of wall'e and such.

I'm not saying that robots being depicted helpful or philosophical, or simply having hearts of is gold realistic. Nor that it is not as old as dirt... Its just nice to see it more topical and (sometimes) less two dimensional than the likes of skynet.

Side bar: Less two dimensional? More dimensional? With one dimension more than two less than four?

...Does data even have a measurable dimensionality!?

D3s_ToD3s:
So what is it with Cinemas obsession about AI lately?

Has someone seen this?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b20dZiTWf1E
Also Transcendence (wich wasn't awful. Just falsly advertised)

After last years single AI feature and this two films we will see 4 films about that, the year after.
Then 8. It will grow exponentialy O_O

There's also this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyacm2FNSO4

I was wondering the same thing. Seems like self-determining robots are the new zombies, or something.

Edit: And then you have the whole Avengers 2 thing...

josemlopes:
Knew it was from Neil Blomkamp the moment I saw the pic of the robot, he has been in a lot of his stuff.

Tetra Vaal (2004)

Tempbot (2006)

and of course Elysium

It was also easy to see who played the voice of the robot

AH AM DEE FANNY MAN, FOK U!!!

Yeah I notice it's his film right away cos of the long ear and rectanglar head on the robot (if it has exploding people then it is DEFINITELY his film)! It make me wonder is it a reference to the manga Appleseed cos of the character Briareos?

Yeah the film will definitely end well (did they forget that people are paranoid of advance AI well when used in media?).

Casual Shinji:
Gee, I wonder if the robot is pure and good and mankind is evil and corrupt. I wonder if this robot will hold a mirror up to our society in some extremely heavy handed manner.

Who's to say with Neil Blomkamp, right?

Subtle he ain't, but I love him nonetheless. He's one of the few modern cyberpunk directors around, and I love me some cyberpunk. I always felt that Blomkamp's sci-fi felt so grounded.

Casual Shinji:
Gee, I wonder if the robot is pure and good and mankind is evil and corrupt. I wonder if this robot will hold a mirror up to our society in some extremely heavy handed manner.

Who's to say with Neil Blomkamp, right?

I felt that District 9 wasnt exactly heavy handed, sure you have the evil big corporation where the CEO is willing to kill his daughter's husband for the future of the company but in the context of the movie it never really comes as heavy handed.

Elysium on the other hand, that really was heavy handed but I blame it on the fact that you could see by his short movies that he was tinkering with the plot of District 9 for a lot longer then with Elysium, maybe he started shooting way to early and should have spended more time on pre-production.

The world even felt less constistant then District 9.

Xcaliber:
Is that... is that Die Antwoord?

Yep, that is. I actually worked on this film as an extra for a bit, my first proper big "non-local" film. I'm surprised they stuck with the name because I was under the impression that Chappie was the working title, you know? subject to change and all.

As an aside all the NDA's we signed simply said that Bloemkamph wrote the film, and didn't direct it. Indeed I never saw the man on set. I do know that multiple directors are used when making a film, but it was disappointing not to see the man on any of the days I was being all extra-y. So make of that what you will.

Also holy crap the amount of water they used to make scenes look consistent was abhorrent. I had always known films used large amount of resources but to see it is another thing entirely. That said I feel bad for the HR people, extras can be some of the bitchiest weirdos around.

This movie will likely make me sad, and cry. I'm out.

Looks good, but I really want a sequel to District 9.

Is the robot voiced by the main guy in District 9? If so, wow this director must really love that guy.

Either way, looks like it will be entertaining so I'll give it a go.

xxobot:

D3s_ToD3s:
So what is it with Cinemas obsession about AI lately?

Because its topical. I for one welcome our robot overlords.

In all seriousness though; AI is the future, and we need discussions of it and its implications. Specifically, we need the shift in mainstream culture that I have been seeing as of late; From 'unknowable' to 'I want one' in the likes of wall'e and such.

I'm not saying that robots being depicted helpful or philosophical, or simply having hearts of is gold realistic. Nor that it is not as old as dirt... Its just nice to see it more topical and (sometimes) less two dimensional than the likes of skynet.

Side bar: Less two dimensional? More dimensional? With one dimension more than two less than four?

...Does data even have a measurable dimensionality!?

Or robot sees that humans are monsters and then creates Skynet and the surviving humans are used as batteries/neural processors forever. The End.

I like this version better.

Yep, I'm sold.

This movie has some of the sci-fi themes I adore; Artificial Intelligence, Robots (especially those with personality), The nature of the Singularity, and so on.

I just know this is going to make me sad like the Short Circuit movies did though.

Windknight:
The little bunny ears on chappy gave me (pleasent) memories of Briareos-H from Appleseed, so a nice connection there, and this does look very interesting.

I'm glad I'm not the only one to think that! Awesome! If I had noticed your post I would have quoted you in my initial comment.

Personally, I thought Blomkamp inserted his social commentary into District 9 with all the subtlety, grace and nuance of a suppository inserted with a piledriver. The constant "HEY, LOOK, IT'S CLEVER SOCIAL COMMENTARY! CAN YOU SEE THE CLEVER SOCIAL COMMENTARY I'VE INSERTED INTO THIS MOVIE! HEY LOOK, HERE'S SOME MORE CLEVER SOCIAL COMMENTARY! WERE YOU CLEVER ENOUGH TO NOTICE THE CLEVER SOCIAL COMMENTARY?!" ruined the experience for me. As a result, I found it to be highly overrated. The one-dimensional characters didn't help much, either.

The trailers to Elysium told me that I had no need to go see it, although I thought that it's unintended commentary about extreme liberals was probably spot on: They seem to actually BELIEVE that incredibly complex problems (such as generational poverty, providing affordable, yet high-quality, healthcare to huge numbers of poor/working class people, etc) could be fixed with the literal push of a button, but that those evil rich people are stopping it from happening, presumably for the lulz.

I somehow doubt that Movie Bob would be such a fan of Blomkamp's directing skills if Blomkamp's politics were further to the right.

 

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