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'Chappie' Trailer: The Director of 'District 9' Presents a Family and Their Robot

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by Jacob Hall November 04, 2014 11:49 AM
What are we to make of the 'Chappie' trailer, which looks to promise a funny, thoughtful and original science-fiction tale about a robot who "grows up" in the South African slums? On one hand, it's from the director 'District 9.' On the other hand, that same man also directed 'Elysium.' The fact that the trailer name-drops the former and not the latter gives us hope that this is Neill Blomkamp returning to form after his sophomore misfire.

'Chappie' Poster: Meet the Robot From Neill Blomkamp's Latest Sci-Fi Film

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by Jacob Hall November 03, 2014 02:14 PM
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The 'Chappie' poster seems harmless enough, but it really represents a true make-it-or-break-it point for director Neill Blomkamp and star Sharlto Copley. This one-sheet, which exists simply to introduce the title character of this new science fiction film about a family who "adopts" a robot with ties to the criminal underworld, represents a film that could be the next great exciting genre project ... or the final sign that we all put a little too much faith in the people who made 'District 9.'

'Chappie' Star Sharlto Copley Talks the Original Sci-Fi World and Motion-Capture Performance

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by Nick Romano November 11, 2013 10:17 AM
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Director Neill Blomkamp created two distinctive sci-fi worlds in his freshman effort, 'District 9,' and more recently in 'Elysium.' For his next film, 'Chappie,' he's reuniting with Sharlto Copley once again for what the actor calls an "extremely original" tale.

'Chappie' Adds Hugh Jackman to the Roster

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by Britt Hayes September 29, 2013 11:27 AM
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Though Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' didn't exactly hit a home run at the box office this summer, the director is already working on his follow-up film: a sci-fi comedy called 'Chappie.' Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley will star alongside androgynous South African music duo Die Antwoord in the film, which has just added mega-star Hugh Jackman to the cast.

Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Moves Forward With Sharlto Copley and Die Antwoord

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by Jacob Hall August 13, 2013 01:23 PM
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With the $30 million opening weekend for 'Elysium,' it looks like audiences are still very much on board the Neill Blomkamp train. It's surely no coincidence that Sony waited until this moment to announce that they've signed on to the director's next film, a science fiction story called 'Chappie.'

'Elysium' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman August 02, 2013 08:19 AM
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Here's one of my favorite jokes of all time. There's no punchline, it's just a sentence. "I've been rich and miserable, and I've been poor and miserable. And I'll tell ya: rich is better."
I don't know if this is what director Neill Blomkamp had in mind as the ultimate message of 'Elysium,' his visually stunning follow-up to 'District 9,' but beneath the dazzling spectacle, there isn't much else beyond that aphorism to cling to.

'Elysium' Clip: Matt Damon Experiences Some ... Technical Difficulties

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by Jacob Hall July 23, 2013 01:20 PM
One of the many great things about director Neill Blomkamp's tremendous 'District 9' is how it deftly blends insane sci-fi action with comedy and social satire. Much of the marketing for his sophomore effort, 'Elysium,' has focused on all of the cool action, but the first clip from the film showcases its sense of humor, promising that there will be plenty of laughs in between the gunfights.