Chappie- Trailer 2


In November, the first trailer for director Neill Blomkamp's third film Chappie debuted (read that article here). I was underwhelmed by it. I couldn't really tell what the tone of the film was and where the story was going. These questions lowered my excitement for the film, but the fact that Blomkamp was behind it made it an honorable mention for my most anticipated films of 215 (read that article here). I loved his directorial debut District 9 and while Elysium was a disappointment, I thought there were still some decent qualities to it. So I was interested in Chappie. Exploring the nature of artificial intelligence isn't a novel concept, but I was interested in Blomkamp's interpretation of it. Plus, it also starred Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, as well as Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie. I've been interested in the film, but I haven't been excited.

However, with the release of this second trailer, now I am. It finally gave us clues as to what the story may entail and what the tone of the film is. In the first trailer we just saw an innocent robot discovering the world. In this, it feels more like Blomkamp. From this trailer, we know realize that the world has created a line of robots to serve as mindless police protection. A former cop (Jackman) thinks this is a bad idea and makes his voice heard. One of these robots, Chappie, is tested on and artificial intelligence is created. As Chappie learns the qualities of being human, Weaver's character (some high-up powerful person) decides that the existence of artificial intelligence could be the first step to the end of the human race. So she enlists people to take Chappie out, including Jackman. Chappie must be trained in the human art of war to defend himself. 


It feels almost as if the first trailer was just a part of this larger trailer. This trailer gave so much more context and structure to what the film will be and now I'm excited. If I could go back and redo my most anticipated of 2015, I think Chappie may be on it now (granted, at like #9 or #10). What this trailer showed sounds and looks so much more compelling than what the first trailer showed and now I am excited for March to come around so I can see Blomkamp's return to sci fi!

What do you think? Did you like the trailer? Are you looking forward to Chappie? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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