Metropia has been nominated for several prizes. I used to enjoy dystopian movies, but I guess I'm getting burned out. It is animated for a reason. And to me, that's poor storytelling. I've already established that there can be zero development in the characters and the plot just maintains the low quality.
Well, I really wanted to like this film. Everything is somber and dark and murky and grayish blue, but hey, it's Sweden; and there's a kind of beauty in the drabness, at least at first; visuals are not the weak point of this film. The screenplay was written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh after a story by Tarik Saleh, Fredrik Edin and Martin Hultman. This movie is only stylish and not in great manner. The requisite global corporate conspiracy, the rampant consumerism in a dysfunctional dystopia, and the soul-dead protagonist in a souls dead world, are requisite tropes for a film like this. Hearing the voice, I kept hoping for some Galloesque antics, either verbal or physical. So it many have had socially critical points to make but they were made in a nonsensical way with lots of borrowing from far better fare.
I have watched this move on a hint, haven't expected it to be much, but in the end it turned out swell. As I mentioned, the concepts are pretty thin. On that fateful subway ride, he sees Nina, the spitting image of the girl on his shampoo bottle - a shampoo called Dangst, if that gives any clue as to the relative depth of the film in question. I give the movie credit for what it attempts, even though it's been done many times before. Saleh's character designs have been praised by some, but largely detract from the film. And, then, from that point it basically buried itself so deeply in its own bleak blandness that it inevitably rendered itself completely and forgettably dead.
This was the sort of film where virtually nothing happened, and, so, with that, it could've easily been edited down to, say, 25 minutes and its final product wouldn't have suffered one bit. I do love dystopia movies, but they must be stylish, intelligent and powerful. If that was mentioned anywhere in the film, it was not clear. Plot: mind control, society, chaos, life is a bitch, danger, imaginary, future dystopia, corporate crimes, surveillance, conspiracy, bomb, dystopic future, brutality, fantasy world, crimes, partners, chases and races, dishonesty, escapades, train ride, incest, female nudity, subway, abduction, nanotechnology. In the end it is way too boring to watch and its message is too unclear.
I love science fiction, especially intelligent science fiction, but Metropia does not cut it. Some movies like Metropia: A Scanner Darkly 2006 , 9 2009 , Patlabor: The Movie 1989 , Metropolis 2001 , Evangelion: 3. Despite some blather about the society being oil depleted etc. Never a good sign in a movie. Naturally it never gets the least interesting but it's also so ridiculous one feels embarrassed to be watching it.
I think that Metropia is worthwhile and enjoyable work, and can recommend it. It is also interesting as a computer graphic style using live actors and reprocessing them, apparently, to cartoon proportions. Ordinary people spotted on the streets were used as models for the characters. This computer-animated photo-based animated film starts out promisingly and has an appealing if transcendently drab look with memorable visuals right up to the end, but the nearly-comatose quality of the main characters and the failure to generate suspense or build to a strong climax leads to a ho-him final feel. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies,. . If you're wondering what kind it is, actually a 2.
Some of the voice acting felt flat, forced, like read from the script. A rental at best, though I'd think you should wait for cable. Inspired by the 1984 kind of stuff but developed to something laughably dumb. It is an anti-capitalist fairy-tale set in the near future. The characters in this movie are determined not to convey any information with words.
It is a production of Atmo Films. The plot was tough to follow with the characters and character motion being so distracting, but it seemed somewhat convoluted. The production took two years to finish. Nonetheless, the film seems conscious of this flaw, opting to evoke this familiar tale of corporate conspiracy in an unpretentious manner that focuses on its impact upon a single isolated individual, while portraying it in a quietly tongue-in-cheek manner to reiterate: the mind-control is accomplished by the use of dandruff shampoo. It was so dark I could barely see half the time. He begins to hear voices, which are nefarious in nature, and lead him on a search that brings him to a multinational corporation involved in mind and body control for the sake of product sales, run by tyrant tycoon Ivan Bahn Udo Kier, having a ball. Everyone seems to be wearing a neck brace.