Neill Blomkamp's Chappie is in theaters now

Director Neill Blomkamp has recovered from Elysium in his new film Chappie, which brings a whole lot of heart to the dystopian AI future trope. Like many tales of a future dystopia, Chappie takes place in a city on the verge of destruction, where criminals can lay their hands on rocket launchers and hand grenades as easily as guns. The cops in this near future Johannesburg are fighting a losing battle until profit obsessed robot firm Tetra Val comes along with its scout droids. The fight changes course and now the gangsters are the ones that are losing the fight after the intelligent bots are monitoring the streets. They are virtually indestructible and are armed to the smallest detail.

The droids’ maker Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) wants to make the world’s first full artificial intelligence. Naturally, most employees at Tetra Val, led by Sigourney Weaver CEO Michelle Bradley, don’t care about progress and science; they just want to see a healthy bottom lone. So she denies his request of his vision by experimenting on an old droid. An inspirational kitten poster drives Deon to steal the droid parts and unfortunately for him that same day a group of desperate gangsters have decided to kidnap the famous robot maker to get him to tell them how to turn the robot police force off. Meanwhile, Deon rival at work, Vincent, played by Hugh Jackman, wants to discredit the droids and get his own terrifying army of droids.

Blomkamp isn’t interested in a movie about whether AI is possible, this is a film about the complexity of human nature and the likelihood that any other race we create would be just as complicated and as mired in the moral shades of gray as we are.Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ Is In Theaters Now. Go see it and tell us what you think.

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