Sharlto Copley plays God in Neill Blomkamp's latest short film
The Almighty prefers some chaos.
It’s time for that “weird s—,” Neill Blomkamp promised us. The sci-fi director behind District 9, Elysium, and Chappie revealed his latest in a series of experimental short films distributed online. In God: Serengeti, Sharlto Copely, his longtime actor chum, portrays the Biblical deity in a darkly comic look at how the creator of all things perceives human suffering.
“I like the chaos more, I suppose,” God says while attempting to read a book that’s “a little technical” for his tastes. The Alpha and Omega has a butler named Jeffrey, who exacts God’s will when the Almighty is too lazy to get up from his chair. Shocked by man’s audacity at making their own fire on the Serengeti plains, he commands Jeffrey to blow out their torch and force them back into their cave dwelling with a stampede of elephants.
Jeffrey, who seems to have more compassion for humans than their creator, is surprised when God wants to give his flock long-awaited rain. Sadly, his amusement over their excitement is snuffed when he summons the plague.
The short was released through Blomkamp’s Oats Studios, which also debuted “Rakka” and “Firebase.” According to the website, the goal is to produce even more projects like these through funding derived from the audience.
Watch God: Serengeti above.