RPG : Metanoia . . .

Go figure what job classes these guys have. LoL!

MMORPGs have become one of the most prominent computer games and people of all ages are addicted to them — playing hours on end just to gain experience points, level up and obtain powerful items.

Meet Nico, an average kid who pwns in an MMORPG called “Metanoia” but fails in real life. His avatar (in-game character), aptly named “Zero”,  uses a Yo-yo that allows him to make mid-range to long-range attacks.

One Summer day, a “World War” tournament was announced so Nico and his friends formed a party with hopes of winning (I remembered the stupidity of Leroy Jenkins while I was watching the PvP scenes). After the event, they realized that there’s so much more interactive games to enjoy in the real world than just immersing themselves in the virtual world.

During their absence in Metanoia, a great catastrophe unfolded (similar to a zombie apocalypse). It not only controlled the avatars but  it also hypnotized the gamers. It’s up to Nico, his friends and the rest of the Metanoia players to reverse the spread and destroy its source.

~o~o~o ஜ۩۞۩ஜ o~o~o~

RPG:Metanoia is the first ever full-length 3D feature film in the Philippines, which took about four years to complete. Because of this, the movie has received both positive and negative feedback from its audience.

۞ The Good ۞

A breakthrough movie experience. Something fresh, something original (locally, that is). Unlike the recycled and never-ending “Part 1” to “Part N” of those usual Manila Film Fest entries.

Cultural nostalgia. From houses to the vehicles; from the contents of our rooms to the food we eat; from our friends to the games we played together as kids. The writers and animators have indeed captured these elements.

Bad-ass characters. The one who really caught my attention was Mang Ernie, the Magician. He’s the guy wearing the top hat, barong and carrying an umbrella. They cooked up a nice concept for him. He’s PWNING! I won’t spoil further. Aside from him, there’s also the Monk-type “K’mao” (derived from “Kamao” or fist) and Sumpak the sort-of Gundam HeavyArms of the group. The foreign dudes and dudettes are also cool.

Virtual worlds. They’re not as detailed on textures as most commercial MMORPGs but they will pass. Lighting played a good part as well.

Story. it’s actually a mix of the positives and negatives. Some of the comical parts or jokes are corny and old. The moral values that this film implies are also old, but are told in a different manner that’s why i consider it as a good trick. If the people watching know nothing about MMORPGs, they will most likely get lost between the “switching of worlds” but for those who have little or extensive knowledge on online games (like me), they may appreciate this film better.

۞ The Bad ۞

Voice acting. Our celebrities still need to learn a lot regarding this field. im not sure if it’s a requirement for the voice actors to be “famous” and all, but if it wasn’t a necessity, they could’ve auditioned other worthy people who can do much better — for a lesser fee, I bet.

Subtitles. There were instances when subtitles were needed (not gonna spoil further). Considering that this is a local film which is obviously meant for local viewers and the dialogues were in Tagalog, why were the subtitles in English?

Audience impact. Again, if the people watching know nothing about MMORPGs, they will most likely get lost between the “switching of worlds” … This is also one reason why other MMFF entries are jam-packed with movie-goers whereas sa movie house showing Metanoia, one can practically run around because not too many people were watching. It is possible that this film’s gross revenue will not be that high.

۞ The Ugly ۞

Frame rate. RPG is an action-packed film. Choppy or skipping frames kill much of the hype and stress the eyes. Granted that this is our first local 3D film but c’mon… in 1995, PIXAR already established fluidity in Toy Story. Even the local commercials with 3D rendering look much smoother than this. According to some viewers, only the scenes in Metanoia had poor FPS whereas it’s pretty fluid in the real world. Film experts said this is a “creative decision” to differentiate what is real and what is not; and, give an idea on what it’s like to play an MMORPG when your PC cannot handle the graphics. LoL! IMHO, that has to be the DUMBEST “creative decision” because not everyone can understand the technicalities these filmmakers are trying to convey.

~o~o~o ஜ۩۞۩ஜ o~o~o~

This will be the one and only local film I’ll be watching this year, and that’s only because I got curious as to what this movie had to offer a gamer and an animation fan such as myself.

Regarding purchasing a DVD in the future, they can forget about it because I am certainly not buying it.

I give this movie :

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