Personally speaking I have been tentatively waiting for what feels like an age to see what director Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi offering Chappie will look like and now after viewing the trailer above the wait seems to have been worth it.
Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver and rattles along like so:
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.
Although this looks like a more cerebral version of that 80s classic Short Circuit you can be gaurunteed it won’t have any of the fluffy themes or family friendly action.
WTF is this? Hugh Jackman with a wi-fi headset on shouting a random collection of heavy metal band names like: “Shogun trinity!“, “Gravity slam uptown!“, “Pain revulsion!“, “Hitler’s lacey nightie!“, in what looks like a warehouse/boxing arena where two giant robots are beating the axle grease out of each other, at a point in the future where everyone’s still listening to hip-hop from the 80s.
Excellent movie website Hey U Guys posted up this official clip from the movie Real Steel, which is due for general release on October 6th and will become just another film, in a long line of movies released this summer/year, which we won’t be going to see. The film’s official synopsis reads:
Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo ) to build and train a championship contender.
Yes we know we posted a while back that this film looked rather good from the trailer but we’ve had second thoughts. Come on, it’s just a big budget version of Robot Wars with a buffer version of Craig Charles. Bring on Sgt Bash!
Well we take it all back. When we first saw the teaser trailer for this movie starring Hugh ‘showtunes’ Jackman we were less than impressed, especially when all it seemed to be was a live version of the old Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots game.
Real Steel also stars Dakota Goyo, (who most recently played young Thor), Evangeline Lilly, (Lost) and is directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night At The Museum). The trailer fleshes out a lot more of the movie’s plot which appears to be clever mix of The Champ and The Iron Giant. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
In the near future, robots have replaced humans in boxing. Charlie Kenton (Jackman) loses a chance to become a boxing champion when robots take over, and he becomes a small-time promoter. When he has difficulty making a living, he reluctantly teams up with his son Max (Goyo) to build a robot that can contend for the championship.