New TV Spots for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie Show the Next Stage of Evolution
Two new TV spots for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie have arrived, and most of the footage we haven't seen before focuses on the "higher state of evolution" aspect of artificial intelligence:
These promos describe Chappie, a machine that "can think and feel," as "a new kind of life form" and "the next step of evolution." They also promise once again that Chappie will be thought-provoking, rather than just name-dropping a social issue like Elysium (note that they don't even mention that he's the director of Elysium in the TV spots, only District 9, which at least means they recognize that Elysium was aggressively mediocre at best). If I had to guess, I would say that Chappie will be better than Elysium but won't quite match the brilliance of District 9, which is both perfectly fine and entirely speculative on my part.
The official synopsis for Chappie reads: "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."
Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. The film comes out in theaters on March 6.