There is something to be applauded in a director who doggedly explores original ideas in this age of Hollywood sequels. The genius behind 2009’s District 9, Neil Blomkamp, has created the new sci-fi film Chappie. Chappie is an artificially intelligent robot, created by Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), who has to learn about the world.
The film appears to ask what it means to be human. Is it consciousness? Is it simple biology? It certainly sets up an interesting premise, and with having Hugh Jackmen (X-Men) set up as the main antagonist, there are certainly enough positives to take from this first look. There is a clear Frankenstein theme at play here; Patel’s character creates Chappie and hysterically claims that Chappie is the next step in human evolution towards the end of the trailer. Will this have a similar conclusion to that iconic story? Find out March 6th 2015.