One of the movies we’re most excited to see over the next few months is Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. The noted screenwriter of films like Dredd, 28 Days Later, and Sunshine, among others, makes his directorial debut with this artificial intelligence thriller. We’ve been anticipating this one since day one, but this tense new trailer and clip make us practically foam at the mouth. Check them out for yourself.
The more we see from Alex Garland’s upcoming artificial intelligence thriller, Ex Machina, the more stoked we get for it. Granted, this new poster isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it certainly fits in with the whole vibe of what we’ve seen thus far. The film opened in the U.K. in late January, but U.S. audiences will have to wait until April 10 to see it, except for those of you fortunate enough to check it out shortly at SXSW in Austin, where it is scheduled to make its North American premiere.
The story follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a low-level programmer at a massive, Google-esque Internet search company. He wins a chance to hang out with the company’s reclusive CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), and thinks they’ll kick it in his remote mountain retreat, bro down, and maybe talk about a promotion. Instead, he finds that he’s the human component in a Turing Test to measure the consciousness of Nathan’s new creation, a stunning AI named Ava (Alicia Vikandar). During the test, however, everyone gets more than they bargained for.
We’re about to be up to our waists, maybe higher, in artificially intelligent robot movies. Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie drops next week, Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina hits in April, and Marvel gets in on the act in May with Avengers: Age of Ultron wreaking havoc all over the globe. While those films are all getting relatively wide releases (Age of Ultron’s release is obviously going to be massive), Eva, a similarly themed film is flying in under the radar, but looks no less intriguing than the others. And a new trailer has surfaced for the film.
Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds, A Most Wanted Man, and he’ll also appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays a near-future engineer who, while working on an artificially intelligent robot child, reunites with his former lover, who is now shacking up with his estranged brother. From this trailer you get a good sense of the film’s mixture of hard science fiction and interpersonal, familial, relationship drama.
“Chappie, if you want to be in the gang you have to be cool, like daddy.” Those are the first words you hear in this new clip for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming robot drama Chappie. When you think of a combination of South African street gangsters and artificially intelligent automatons, you don’t necessarily think of a strong familial connection, but the more we see from the film, the more it looks like that’s what we get. You also learn important lessons, like that real gangsters use throwing stars.
In the film, a couple of hoods—played by zef duo Die Antwoord—steal a law enforcement robot in the hopes of using it to further their criminal enterprise, only they get much more than they bargained for. This particular former-robo-cop is a new breed, thanks to Dev Patel’s Deon character, a robot that has the ability to think for itself. An innocent, child-like presence, Chappie (played by frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley) bonds with his pseudo parents—Ninja, who you see in this clip, and Yolandi Vi$$er, who you only hear on the soundtrack.
Neill Blomkamp’s action packed robot drama Chappie is just over two weeks away, and as we’re getting near to the final promotional push, Sony has released five more badass new TV spots for their movie that looks like the love child of RoboCop and Short Circuit. We mean that in the best possible way, and over the course of these videos, the story starts to come into clearer focus.
Set in a dystopian near future where everything has gone totally to shit (isn’t that always the way?), Chappie tells the story of an inventor (Dev Patel), who creates the first artificially intelligent robot, an invention that couldn’t have come at a better time for humanity. He must bring peace to a world that has devolved into complete and utter chaos, so there’s no pressure or anything on the robot that’s basically a child experiencing the wonder of the world for the first time. In order to do this, however, as you can see in this ad, Chappie is going to have to kick a lot of ass to insure peace. And you get to see Hugh Jackman, a rival inventor, and his mullet, be a raging dick. So there’s that.
South African director Neill Blomkamp is back with his follow up to 2013’s Elysium, which left many audiences flat, with the robot-centric actioner Chappie. The studio dropped a slick new poster over the weekend, and now, with less than a month to go until the March 6 release date, Sony Pictures Entertainment is back with two brand new TV spots.
This first video emphasizes the true gentle nature of the title character. You see the tender side of Chappie, he’s scared, nervous, kind, open, and all together childlike. That’s the approach they’re taking towards artificial intelligence, portraying him as what is essentially a wide-eyed child seeing the world for the first time. This provides the opportunity to show the sense of wonder as he experiences life.
On the other hand, you also see the less than enthusiast reaction some have to his presence and the intolerance he meets. New things are terrifying to most people, and when they see something different, something they don’t yet comprehend, their initial reaction is all too often to lash out violently, like tossing a Molotov cocktail at a robot that just wants to hang out and be awesome.