MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -1/2

This Japanese anim production echoes the themes of director Fritz Langes 1926 silent classic of the same name. Set in the futuristic city of Metropolis, robots have taken over much of the work force, creating a feeling of distrust and resentment from humans. The President announces a celebration to inaugurate the new Ziggurat building, which will make Metropolis a world power. But in the midst of celebration, signs of unrest appear. Rock, leader of the army of Marduk founded by Duke Red, destroys robots acting erratically. A detective from Tokyo and his nephew Kinichi enter the city searching for Dr. Laughton, a renegade scientist known to create illegal robots. Although Duke Red has hired the doctor to create a robot replica of his lost daughter, Rock distrusts all robots and sabotages the laboratory. However, Kinichi saves Timna, who doesnt realize shes a robot. Hunted by Rock, Kinichi and Timna seek to discover the her purpose. But they also find an unexpected attraction for one another. And Timnas relation to the Ziggurat building is even more unexpected.

The story of Metropolis is filled with interesting allusions to biblical themes. Like Nimrod standing atop the tower of Babel, the President declares the tower will draw the worlds attention to Metropolis. But even as man creates the ultimate weapon for world conquest, his creation nearly destroys civilization. But the impending destruction is halted by an act of sacrificial love. Unfortunately, the animation includes frequent images of graphic violence as Rock shoots not only robots, but also people who threaten his power. Because of Timnas appearance, Kinichi initially takes her for human. Even realizing shes a robot, he finds himself attracted to her and tries to keep her safe. The dialogue includes a few unnecessary obscenities which, along with graphic violent images, mars the tale of METROPOLIS.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (10) times - Mild 5, moderate 5

Obscene Language: Few (2) times - S-word

Profanity: Once - Exclamatory (OG)

Violence: Many times (robots shot and destroyed, people shot, explosions, fire threats, shooting threats, punches, electric shock, robots and people shot in riot, building destroyed)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Ziggurat likened to Tower of Babel, man relates to robots same as humans, mans political ambition leads to ruin, robot asks why people use violence to solve problems, robot overloads on power and destroys building, love relationship saves world from destruction

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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