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"Uncanny Valley" Short Becoming A Feature

1 December 2015 8:31 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Argentine director Federico Heller's science fiction short film "Uncanny Valley" is being shopped around as a potential feature.

"Independence Day: Resurgence" scribe Carter Blanchard has hopped onboard the project. Following various private screenings with hopes to build interest among investors, the short has now debuted online for the public.

Set in a near-future dystopia, it follows the impoverished residents of a slum plagued by virtual reality addicts who earn a meager living playing violent games while serving as the workforce for real world wars.

The project is said to have multimedia aspects - a series of innovative Vr experiences made available via virtual reality platforms. The film also hopes to follow in the footsteps of Neill Blomkamp's "Alive in Joburg" short film which he used to turn into the feature "District 9".

Check out the "Uncanny Valley" short film below:

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Carter Blanchard Circles Script For Film Based On Sci-Fi Short ‘Uncanny Valley’

1 December 2015 8:59 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Following a path similar to Alive in Joburg, the short film by Neill Blomkamp’s that ultimately gave rise to District 9, Argentine director Federico Heller’s trippy science fiction short Uncanny Valley is being shopped around as a feature film with multimedia aspects, with Independence Day: Resurgence scribe Carter Blanchard developing the feature take to show to investors. After a series of private screenings thrown in Los Angeles over the last week by the project's… »

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Movie Review: Chappie

6 March 2015 5:39 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Look at this: From the writer/director of District 9. Wickus. Ripley. Slumdog. Die Antwoord. Wolverine with a mullet. Ed-209 meeRobocop 2. How Is This Movie Not Going To Be Amazing?

My mom saw a TV spot for Chappie and asked me what I knew about it. I told her to think of it as Short Circuit for adults. In reality that’s not too far off, but director Neill Blomkamp’s three feature films have all been a sum of their parts from genre films of the past. He’s claimed James Cameron’s Aliens as his favorite film, and is close with Peter Jackson who also knows a lot about splatter gore and epic scale. Chappie has major influence from the first two Robocop films, both Short Circuit films, and The Fifth Element among others. I remember right after seeing District 9 that Blomkamp was going to be the successor to Paul Verhoeven, »

- Mike Hassler

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Film Review: ‘Chappie’

4 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of “Chappie,” a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name. Mashing together various elements from director Neill Blomkamp’s earlier sci-fi pictures (including another prominent role for Sharlto Copley), this South African spin on “Short Circuit” displays the same handheld immediacy and scene-setting verve as its predecessors, but all in service of a chaotically plotted story and a central character so frankly unappealing he almost makes Jar-Jar Binks seem like tolerable company by comparison. Absent “District 9’s” subtle apartheid allegory or “Elysium’s” health-care brief, but offering a bizarre performance showcase for the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, Blomkamp’s third feature exhausts its meager ideas and the viewer well before the end of its two-hour running time. Curiosity will beckon for a few, but this »

- Justin Chang

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