This week, movie-goers will get to have a pretty unusual experience in the theaters in the form of writer/director Ilya Naishuller‘s new first-person action flick, Hardcore Henry. The film was shot “as humanly as possible” according to Naishuller, with the entire story viewed from the perspective of the main character, who is back from the dead without his memory and must rediscover his identity to save his wife from a psychotic telekinetic warlord who is after the technology that brought Henry back to life. Starring in the film are actors Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elyisum), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Haley Bennett (Marly & Me, The Equalizer), and Darya Charusha (Vdrebezgi, Kholodnyy Front). Although this is Naishuller’s first time out on a major project, the concept itself is pretty sweet, and the trailer looks even better! What’s more is it doesn’t look like there’s an over dependence on CGI. The trailer is available here on MADE. Check it out in theaters this Friday.
The new futuristic A.I. film from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) titled Chappie is opening in theaters this March 6th, but next month, movie-goers will get to see a different kind of A.I. story that doesn’t necessarily involve revolution or all-out-war between man and machine. The new film is titled Ex Machina and comes from a script by film writer/director Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later), who also directed. Ex Machina follows the story of a young programmer, Caleb, who wins a week vacation to the company-CEO’s private mountain retreat only to find his reason for being there is to take part in an experiment involving A.I. encased in a robot resembling a beautiful human-woman. Sounds a bit reminiscent of Her with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson back in 2013, but this time we’re dealing with an actual robot that not only brings an erie human quality to the film, but also allows for the great special-effect sequences you can see in the trailer. Starring in the film are actors Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, The Fifth Estate), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Unbroken), and Golden Globe-nominee Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year). This one really looks like it will be worth the watch, so definitely consider adding it to your must-see list; in the meantime you can check out the new trailer here on MADE. The film is scheduled for release April 10, 2015.
Oscar-nominated writer/director Neill Blomkamp‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller Chappie will be opening in theaters this March 6th, and if you are at all familiar with his work on District 9 and Elysium, I would definitely put this one in your calendar. Starring Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Les Miserables) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), the film takes place in a future where the police-force is run by robotic-officers who use brute force against the citizens. Things take a turn, however, when Chappie is captured and reprogrammed to have independent thought, posing a threat to the established order, who begin attempts to ensure Chappie is the last of his kind. Blomkamp co-wrote the project with screenwriter Terri Tatchell (Adicolor Yellow, District 9). Check out the trailer now available on MADE.
Hugh Jackman has really proved himself a dynamic actor these last few years. His role as Jean Valjean in 2012’s Les Miserables was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and his willingness to take on challenging and dramatic films like The Fountain (2006) and Prisoners (in theaters now) has made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. With another Wolverine sequel in the bag and another X-Men movie coming out next summer, Jackman never seems to stop. He has now said that he will be taking a role in Neill Blomkamp’s next movie, a comedy entitled Chappie. Taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Chappie is the story of a robot who is stolen by a couple of gangsters in order to do their dirty work for them.
Following the release of Elysium back in August, Blomkamp was considering a possible sequel to District 9 as his next project; while there are no reports of that being totally out of the question, Chappie will take the director’s futuristic themes in a different direction, focusing instead on humorous scenarios and situations rather than serious and dramatic events regarding politics and the class system. Jackman may only have a small part in the film which will be shooting into next year, but with Blomkamp behind the camera I don’t think we have to worry about disappointment. Both players are highly experienced in their work, so let’s just give Blomkamp the well-deserved chance to try his talents at comedy that he deserves. Hopefully it pays off!
With Elysium coming closer to its August release date, it seems writer/director Neill Blomkamp has turned part of his focus to his next project, District 10. District 9 was a surprise hit in 2009 as well as Blomkamp’s first feature-length film as director. Blomkamp is also working on a film called Chappie which is set to come out sometime next year. That hasn’t, however, stopped him from writing a potential draft for District 10, which according to recent reports consists of 18 pages. Blomkamp will most likely be more fixed on his more pressing projects, but it would be really cool to see a sequel for District 9 get the green-light. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely check it out, then go see Elysium when it comes out next month! You can find the trailer on the MADE-Movies page.