Hard science fiction visionary Neill Blomkamp's latest effort looks really impressive (per usual) with equal parts grit and pathos. Even when some of his efforts, such as Elysium, aren't outright successful they're still amazing to watch.
Chappie stars Hugh Jackman (as the heavy), Dev Patel as the robot's creator, Sigourney Weaver, members of the band Die Antwoord, and Sharlto Copley as Chappie himself. Check out the trailer and plot summary...
Synopsis from Sony Entertainment:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
Very impressed with the human/childlike behaviors and nuance in his movement. Looking forward to learning more about the story.
I love Blomkamp's approach to gritty scifi. Whereas Nolan's entries in the genre are opulent and distant filled with ideas and themes, (I do like his films!) Blomkamp's are brutal and emotional filled with shades character. I felt wrecked after District 9. It was a lot of visual information to take in, but it also punched you in the guts.
Chappie debuts March of 2015.
IMDB listing for Chappie