- Origin: 20/25
- Story: 9/25
- Camera/SFX: 23/25
- Performance: 17/25
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
- Rated: PG-13 (Some action, violence and language)
- Genre: Action and Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Directed by: Robert Rodriquez
- Written by: James Cameron, Robert Rodriquez and Laeta Kalogridis
- Release date: 14th February, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 125 minutes
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
|Christoph Waltz||Dr. Dyson Ido|
|Jackie Earle Harley||Grewishka|
|Jorge Lendeborg Jr.||Tanji|
James Cameron’s take on the graphic novel series ‘Gunnm’ was compelling and was full of potential. The iron city was rich with details of the novel and I loved the assortment of characters, it gave us different threats rather than the same. They put a lot of thought into it and the result is good, I just don’t feel fully into the world just yet.
The one thing that bugged me the most was Hugos death, it had no impact to me and I feel as though he will be back for the next film. Let me explain… Hugo dies and is turned into a cyborg, then he attempts to climb a pipe to get to the city above; having his new body for only an hour he then loses it and falls to his death. With a lot of this film they try and create plenty of options to open it up for a franchise. I like the journey Alita takes, she is discovering herself and whats to fight the injustice. However I found there were to many handy loop holes to help her out e.g. Alita’s first body getting destroyed so she can put the berserker outfit on. Overall it was a story that thrilled at times, but lost its way, by focusing on CGI.
I loved the attention to detail with locations and the surroundings, especially the iron city, lots of busy streets with all sorts of CGI objects. This was the main reason you went to see this film, it was visually stunning and most things seemed legitimate. Having seen a lot of films now, it is important to think of something new when it comes to films with mainly CGI. Some aspects did have me amazed, however sometimes it attempts to wow, but it falls short.
Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali were the best out of the cast, they understood their roles and performed them well. Especially Mahershala since he had to play two roles (Vector and Nova). Other cast members were underwhelming, many didn’t have any depth to them and were easily throw away. I wish they did more with Jennifer Connelly as she died too easily. No offence to Keean, but some of his lines were just corny. Overall, its got great cast that just needs to focus more on the acting rather than trying to amaze us.