One good thing about Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is I could view films I have missed during its regular run. One of them is RPG Metanoia, the first full-length Filipino 3D animated film and one of the official entries in the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Written and directed by Luis C. Suarez, this film is produced by Ambient Media and Star Cinema and took five years in the making. It also comprises an ensemble cast of actors, young and old alike, who provided the characters’ voices.
Nico (voice by Zaijan Jaranilla) is an awkward kid who spends most of his time playing RPG (role playing games) online with his friends, much to the dismay of his mom (voice by Eugene Domingo). However, gaming is also Nico’s way to connect with his Dad (voice by Aga Muhlach) who works overseas.
When online, Nico is at his best. He leads his friends in an online RPG world tournament. In his desire to win and become the hero, he uses a rare item in the game, thinking that using it would make them win against the final boss. Unfortunately, they lose the game, the item, and boot out of the Internet cafe where they play. While they play traditional street games outside, something’s happening online in their RPG world of Metanoia, eventually revealing the true nature of the boss and the game itself.
The film took five years to make, but it was worth it. The 3D animation itself shows how good Filipinos are in animation. This could be comparable with foreign CGI animated features.
Although the premise of almost all video game-related movies are the same — player entering the game world — RPG Metanoia showcases the Filipino culture, street games, and symbols which makes it unique, original, and truly Pinoy. Aside from giving the audience a glimpse of what MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online)-RPG is, it reminds us of connectivity — physical or virtual. People who can’t be together in the real world can be connected in a game. Although there are times that people tend to hide their identities in online games while exhibiting their true selves.
Overall, RPG Metanoia is enjoyable at all levels that’s why I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.