Here’s the trailer for ‘Chappie,’ a sci-fi thriller from the director of ‘District 9’

South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has a proven track record of turning social ills into heart-pumping sci-fi, first in District 9 and again with Elysium. Next March, it’ll be Chappie, a Pinocchio-like tale of an artificial intelligence learning its place in a violent world.

The eponymous thinking and feeling device, played by Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley, is the invention of a scientist (Dev Patel) who marvels at its ability to absorb and adapt to features of its environment. The movie, which also stars Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, plays on a cinematic history of killer machines like the Terminator and HAL 9000 with the idea that humans—like the scheming criminals played by Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Ninja of the rap group Die Antwoord, for example—will always represent a far greater evil.

Anyone unmoved by WALL-E, here’s a second chance to cry over the emotive power of a fictional robot. But this time there will be guns. 

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'