The movie opens by showing the workers, situated deep below the earth’s surface. They are walking in sync, dressed alike, and holding their heads down. Throughout the movie, these workers look like a bunch of human cattle that’re physically and mentally drained. They all simply look hopeless. The workers do their jobs in a monstrous machine, an industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and brutal tasks. At one point, the machine is compared to Moloch, an ancient deity honored by human sacrifices. Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie “Metropolis” is a silent, sci-fi, timeless classic.
Fritz Lang was a master of German Expressionism. Watching this movie today will put a lot of people asleep, just because of how long ago the movie was made. But if you pay attention, the movie is quite an experience as many “sci-fi” features of the plot are strangely close to reality. Set in a futuristic world divided into two separate classes—the thinkers and the workers. Metropolis refers to a society where the “New World Order” has already been fulfilled and the elite live in luxury while a degraded mass work in hell.
“Metropolis,” instead of being replaced or forgotten, with time it became more significant as many of its expectations are becoming truth.