Metropolis, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2h33min (1927) Drama, Sci-Fi

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“‘We shall build a tower that will reach to the stars!’ Having conceived Babel, yet unable to build it themselves, they had thousands to build it for them. But those who toiled knew nothing of the dreams of those who planned. And the minds that planned the Tower of Babel cared nothing for the workers who built it.” – Maria

Metropolis is more than a city that Superman protects, It may be the first full-length feature film in its genre. A German expressionist film from the silent movie era, I can say it is one of the best oldies you can find that is also in the public domain. Setting a standard for cinema back in 1925–26, it has influenced so many famous flics, that you will feel right at home for this classic. Costing around 5 million Reichsmarks for a budget, the equivalent to today is 35$ million.

IMDB.com describes this movie as; In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a saviour to mediate their differences.

Not quite the blockbuster of today’s lineup although in many other ways it may be closer than you think compared to how the economy was back than before the World Wars. Even for its time, the visuals match up to today’s work. Using practical effects and suspenseful atmosphere, the last 30 minutes is incredibly choreographed using hundred of extras. For example, watch the video below that I made to see how good a lot of the clips are.

Now to the story, it is a believable tale of class warfare and cult-like leader influencing the masses. Based in the year 2030, it is as relevant today as it was back then. The imagery portrays this every chance they can get. Overall it is very satisfying, but other reviewers in the research say the remake is even better. Sometimes remakes of old movies are bad, new computer-generated elements are apparently not bad.

Quickly crediting some more key moments was the suspenseful soundtrack, mostly realistic looking individual shots, scenes of riots and preaching, and that’s all I can think off the top of my head.

7.88/10

“Death to the machines!” – The Machine-Man

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