South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has built his blossoming sci-fi empire on the themes of class warfare and government oppression of the lower class, with breakout hit District 9 and upcoming Elysium
His third feature-length film, Chappie
”Tetra Vaal” was created as a fake advertisement for a robotic police force that patrolled the slums of South Africa, keeping order so the human police force didn’t have to worry about getting their hands dirty. Though less than a minute and a half in length, the short layers a lot of implications into itself, including violence, oppression, and the government spying on its people to keep order.
Of course, because this is a Blomkamp film, Sharlto Copley will be starring in it as well, as one of the police robots, so potentially a similar role in some ways to what he will be playing in Elysium. As long as the Blomkamp-Copley collaboration train doesn’t end up completely going off the rails as some long-time teams tend to do (looking straight at you, Depp and Burton), I’m totally fine with Copley being in the third film.
Patel was most recently seen in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, on the small screen, in HBO’s The Newsroom
In the meantime, check out “Tetra Vaal” below:
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