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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I do 3D modeling as a hobby and am now in college for game design/art. This was very informational as well as inspiring.Published 9 months ago by S. Smith
Metropia is a film where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. The film's animation is fascinating and the voice acting is engaging. Read morePublished 10 months ago by rbrogan3
Love this movie, reminds me of the game Abes Odyssey as far as motif goes.Published 11 months ago by Mich
This is is gray and bleak as a movie can be. It's unlike any movie I've seen, yet at the same time it pays careful and respectful homage to all the predecessors. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Swamp Dog
A strange but entertaining out of the box film. Dystopian genre topicPublished 17 months ago by R. Gutmann
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