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Was Metropia's Haunting Soundtrack Its Only Asset?
"Metropia" certainly wasn't no "Metropolis", nor was it worthy of being compared to "1984", either.
Metaphorically speaking, I found "Metropia" to be the sort of movie that began at a severe disadvantage with it already having one foot planted firmly in the grave. 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.
Not only was Metropia's style of CG animation very difficult to get used to (it was saturated with exceedingly grubby and ugly imagery), but, its story never succeeded in getting anywhere near to being in the least bit interesting, nor thought-provoking.
And, besides that, at an almost unendurable 86-minute running time, Metropia certainly turned out to be a brutal test of my patience. 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.
But, hey, if you, yourself, greatly enjoy animated, Sci-Fi stories where the characters all seem to come across as being a collective bunch of nondescript schlumps (and, even the sex scenes are schlumpy and not worth paying much attention to), then, yes, perhaps Metropia is the right movie for you.
Set in a dysfunctional, European society of the future (like, as though Europe wasn't dysfunctional enough already), Metropia tells the wishy-washy tale about giant, evil corporations who are seriously manipulating its gullible citizens with consumer products (like shampoo) that contain mind-controlling chemicals which turn them into mindlessly obedient drones who never feel the need to question anything.
And, after seeing Metropia, if you come to the conclusion that its story has a decidedly "been there/seen that" familiarity to it, then you are so right. It does.
I found it really hard to believe that this film's budget was a whopping $32 million. Boy, I'm telling you, there was absolutely nothing about Metropia's final product that even hinted at the word "expensive". It all looked pretty cheap to me.
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