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

It's not out until March, but this movie is already yanking on our heartstrings.


Miles Klee


Posted on Nov 4, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 6:48 am CDT

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. 

Photo via traileraddict

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*First Published: Nov 4, 2014, 8:00 pm CST