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Vincent Gallo , Juliette Lewis  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWC4QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Metropia" on IMDb

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METROPIA takes place in a not-so-distant but terrifying Europe. The world is running out of oil and the underground train systems have been connected, creating a gigantic subway network beneath Europe. In a suburb of Stockholm, Roger (Vincent Gallo, Buffalo '66) tries to stay away from the underground because every time he enters, he hears a stranger's voice in his head. Is someone trying to control him? To help him escape the disturbing web of the Metro, he looks to the mysterious Nina (Juliette Lewis, Whip It) but the further they travel, the deeper he's involved in a dark conspiracy. This star-studded, 'technically innovative' (The New York Times) animated sci-fi thriller also features Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia!) and Udo Kier (Shadow of the Vampire).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant May 10, 2012
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A gray and dystopic future, evil megacorp taking over the world and the people in it - OK, that part's been done. 'Metropia' stands out for doing it brilliantly. It's a lot more than that, though.

Animation has explored the super-realistic, with just enough success that the discrepancies become especially jarring. This goes farther, well into the surreal. That allows for exaggerations of faces and figures, wide-eyed blankness and evil scowls that wouldn't be phyiscally possible for human actors. And, despite great advances in computer-aided post-production, animators can build their worlds from the ground up in the image they want, with no need to retrofit them into scraps of reality. This movie really does use animation in a novel and very distinctive way.

Very enjoyable in many ways. Certainly not one for the kiddies, it scarcely qualifies as as "adult" movie - but body-shy viewers might have trouble with brief- and semi-nudity.

-- wiredweird
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film... May 26, 2010
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From the bleak, broken world with its tiny personal living spaces and small pleasures, to the twisted plot that our character finds himself drawn into, this little gem is well worth your time. The animation is as strange and intriguing as the picture on the front, with realistic over-sized faces attached to inadequate bodies. The main character's deadpan acting adds a sublime sense of resignation to this futuristic view of life under corporate control. How interesting that this viewing coincides with the corporate destruction taking place off the coast of my state in the Gulf of Mexico. Seeing the power of a huge corporation first hand makes Metropia seem all the more possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Animation, Standard Story November 24, 2011
Metropia is a 2009 Swedish production that has flown completely under-the-radar, despite fascinating and innovative animation that accompanies the pretty basic science-fiction storyline. I only came upon it by searching for Vincent Gallo films on Netflix. The availability of Metropia is a story itself. You can get the DVD or stream from Netflix, you can purchase a copy of the DVD on Amazon, and yet Wikipedia claims that this film will be released in North America by Paramount Pictures in 2012. Hopefully this last piece of information is true as it might garner this film more exposure.

The plot is pretty standard sci-fi fare. The story takes place in Europe, 2024; the world is running out of oil and Europe's underground subways have been connected into one large underground tunnel called The Metro. Roger (Vincent Gallo) is a lugubrious call-center worker, paranoid about using the Metro, who begins hearing a voice (belonging to Alexander Skarsgård) in his head. Soon the tries to turn Roger against his girlfriend Anna and his paranoia continues growing. After seeing the model whose face graces the bottle of dandruff shampoo he uses, Roger follows her. The woman's name is Nina (voiced by Juliette Lewis) and his involvement with her gets him entangled in a conspiracy involving the Trexx Corporation and its overlord Ivan Bahn (nightmarishly voiced by Udo Kier).

Mind-control, paranoia, technology, dystopian world, muted colors, etc. Standard sci-fi stuff, but delivered with a European flavor. The story is intriguing but slow-moving, requiring patience from the viewer. It only runs 80 minutes, but if you're not ready to invest yourself into the film than steer clear until you are.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LIKE A LUCID BUT WEIRD DREAM March 11, 2011
This stylish Swedish animated film is about a terrifying, paranoid, dystopian conspiracy set in Europe in 2024. The world is running out of oil and the Trexx Corporation has connected all the undergrounds, or subways, together into a gigantic network. Roger (voiced by Vincent Gallo), a Stockholm call center worker, avoids the underground and blatantly, defiantly rides his bike to work. Sometimes Roger hears voices in his head. Roger soon discovers that Trexx and a vast consumerist conspiracy control his life down to the smallest detail. With the help of beautiful super model Nina (voiced by Juliet Lewis), Roger attempts to break free. An unusual animation technique manipulates real photographs. This film, directed and co-written by Tarik Saleh reminds me of the best works of Terry Gilliam, Roy Anderson and others. It's like a weird but lucid dream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interestingly dark May 25, 2014
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I watched this movie tonight because it seemed like an interesting pick on my prime movies. The animation was very distracting and some of the coloring in the movie was too dark. The voices are also sometimes too quiet....with that being said, I had to turn up the volume on my tv to hear it clearly...but then was startled several times when the soundtrack was much louder.

Overall, the concept of the movie was good. Through the use of shampoo, the villain uses hair follicles to act as an antenna to hear thoughts and see what citizens are doing. Each citizen is under mind control because they are assigned a worker to tell them what to do via thoughts. The main character...a conspiracy searcher...discovers this plot through the daughter of villain's association. Together, they plan to foil the plan by blowing up the building where the mind-control workers are. Once accomplished, the plot leaves more to be desired when it's announced that the daughter is now in charge of the corporation....questioning if that was the plan all along?
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