Fritz Lang's Metropolis is a masterpiece. Made in 1927, the German film portrays the plight of the working class and criticizes the Capitalist system and the abuse of technology. The silent film is an adaptation of Thea von Harbou's book Metropolis. The movie was primarily famous when it came out because it pushed the boundaries of film. Its sheer scope shocked audiences worldwide while its occult symbolism and sexual influences came under fire from the religious community.
Metropolis is set in two cities: one above ground and the other below ground. Everyone living in the city above ground are all rich and happy, while those living in the underground city are impoverished and work the machines that power the city above them. Such dichotomy clearly resembles Capitalist society and its subsequent oppression.
The story centers around Freder, the son of the dictator of the two cities. His search for a woman named Maria, who lives in the underground city, results in the discovery of the atrocities and exploitations his father commits in the name of profit. His conflicting feelings and his father's plotting drive the story to its dramatic climax, while the abuse of technology brings forth one of the best plot twists and renown scenes in movie history.
Starring Brigitte Helm and Gustav Frohlich, the film has an interesting cast of characters. They all have their own intentions and desires. Freder, Maria, Joh, Grot, Rotwang, Josaphat, etc. all feel like real people and all want something from each other. Through their various trials and tribulations, one can't help but feel attached to all of them.
Through its interesting cast of characters, complex plot, and symbolic importance, Metropolis is definitely worth watching. It will leave you shocked and wanting more. Score: 10/10