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Vincent Gallo as Roger Olofsson
Udo Kier as Ivan Bahn
Stellan Skarsgard as Ralph Parker
399.22 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 5 / 33

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Samiam3 7 / 10

Simple but fascinating

Take a trip to Europe in the year 2024. This is a dark age, where the automobile is no longer in use, replaced by a cross country subway system. The most popular product on the market (in fact pretty much the only item) is a shampoo manufactured with a secret mind controlling chemical, which the major corporations use to monitor the public in George Orwell fashion.

In an age where animation can do anything, the decision to do almost nothing certainly stands out in film. Metropia is without doubt the bleakest animated feature I know; a murky institutional world, without a drop of color or sunshine, and everywhere we go is under lit. This makes enough sense when taking into account that this is a future where society is low on energy.

Not everything however feels credible. The absence of people in great numbers is unusual. The few people who do wander in and out of frame are almost hollow shells. They have no soul, but more importantly they have no movement. Metropia uses the least amount of energy possible to give life to illustrations. To attempt to describe it is not impossible, but it's something that is better off seen for ones self. Metropia is a haunting experience. It's almost a ghost world, not just from the absence of sight, but from the absence of sound. Metropia makes effective use of silence in all the right places, accompanied by an effective, very new age score.

As for the storyline, it is familiar, but not painfully so. It's similar to Brazil, which itself is the product of George Orwell's influence. The climax here feels a bit rushed, and easy, leaving Metropia a bit shorter than I think it should've been, but it remains an entertaining experiment.

Reviewed by SiilentMiike 7 / 10

Worthy Of A Single Viewing

Metropia gives us a story taking place in a world that's destroyed and chaotic, similar to the game Metro 2033, and Andrey Tarkovskiy's film Stalker. Bleak two dimensional tones displaying a post apocalyptic world, ruins of what was once a functioning society, underground tunnels connecting the last few functioning societies and the occasional shard of color all keep the viewer engaged in Metropia's story of exploration and discovery. Straight from Swedish minds, the animation style is unlike anything you've ever seen before, with a style resembling rotoscoping mixed with cut out collage stop motion art. Characters are wide eyed, as if their eyes have been peeled open, motions are slow paced, as if mirroring natures recovery in such an aftermath, and were given a sense of collusion, as if everything is being watched closely by a big brother type figure.

Leaving behind his home of Stockholm, Roger embarks on a journey through underground tunnels to decode the voices in his head and find a super model by the name of Nina. Not before long, Roger comes into contact with Nina, who appears as a run down, make-up smeared slut. We also see the caption, "Listen To Your Inner Voices", on billboards, pop culture objects and even as a voice in Rogers own head throughout his journey underground. Soon Roger learns that these persuasive voices are not his own and that a greater, all controlling conspiracy which materializes from Shampoo is actually controlling the entire world. Joining up with Nina, they venture into the core of this all-controlling force, while fighting off the controlling voices in their heads.

Metropia may have a cool animation style never seen before outside of video game art, but it's uneventful story and poor voice acting makes for a mostly forgettable film. There are films that thrive from powerful story and acting, but aren't visually memorable, and then there are films that thrive from unique style and animation, but suffer from no story, or spirit. Metropia falls in between, with just enough story and adventure to keep you watching and a unique animation style that's new and fresh. Metropia is worthy of a single viewing.

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Reviewed by soncoman 7 / 10

Originality in animation, if not in story...

I just screened this in advance of its showing at the San Francisco International Animation Festival. It's an interesting film, more for its technique than its narrative. Set in the not-to-distant future in a VERY bleak world, it tells the story of one man's fight against an evil corporation's machinations. Nothing really new narrative-wise, but the plot really isn't the point of this film. It's the animation. The process uses photomontage as its basis, and is quite creepy in its execution. The voice work is well done, and it's always good to see/hear cult film fave Udo Kier. If you enjoyed "1984" or "Brazil," you might want to check this film out.

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