Metropia

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2009

Directed by Tarik Saleh

In the year 2024, Europe is colorless and grey; the seasons fail to change. The major hub cities are joined together by a massive railway system called the Metro. This is a world in which the corporation which manages the Metro also rules the land in seeming totality. Amid this oppressive environment is Roger, an all too normal man; that is, until he begins to hear a voice in his head.

Metropia’s animation style like no other. It can best be described as a minimalist approach, combining stop motion and stunning vividity to create an amazing experience. This alone makes the film worth watching.

Despite the unique style of Metropia, the plot is not the strongest. The audience is able to make somewhat of a connection to Roger; however, several other main characters lack even a hint of personality, even during a sex scene!

Metropia is much like an action thriller and can be compared to Brazil and other Orwellian inspired films. Unlike many of these films, however, Metropia ties its ends well and gives the audience a great deal of closure. This is not to say that the film is without a handful blunders and unanswered questions.

Without the powerful animation, Metropia would be a very mediocre film. With that being said, the audience will likely find something to like in this dystopian thriller.

Rating: 6/10

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