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  Metropolis Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
5.38 /10
Voices of: Duke Red: Jamieson Price, General: Toshio Furukawa , Pero: Dave Mallow
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Directed by: Tarô Rin
Written by: Katsuhiro Otomo, based on the comic by Osamu Tezuka

Released: 2001
Origin: Japan
Colour: C
Length: 108

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The story is told with enormous energy; animation is more versatile than live action in making cataclysmic events comprehensible. Mob scenes at the beginning and explosions and destruction throughout have a clarity and force that live action would necessarily dissipate... Metropolis is not a simple-minded animated cartoon, but a surprisingly thoughtful and challenging adventure that looks into the nature of life and love, the role of workers, the rights (if any) of machines, the pain of a father's rejection, and the fascist zeal that lies behind Ziggurat. This is not a remake of the 1926 classic, but a wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.

(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

Although much of its thunder has been stolen by the later Akira comic strip and 1988 film (which ruthlessly plundered Tezuka's apocalyptic vision), the movie's anxiety about science's attempt to tamper with the divine has retained a very disturbing resonance - particularly in today's brave new world of genetic research.

(Jamie Russell, BBC i)

A futuristic parable, with something of Kubrick, and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, but with a staggeringly intricate vision of the city state itself, populated partly by robots and humans.

(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

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