Alita: Battle Angel

M 122 mins

About the film

Release Date: Feb 14, 2019
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Actors: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson
From visionary creators James Cameron (TITANIC, AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, a cyberpunk thriller and live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's post-apocalyptic manga series Gunnm.

Alita (Rosa Salazar, MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE) is a doe-eyed cyborg that was found in a scrap pile by Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), a compassionate physician who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned shell is a young woman with an extraordinary past.

Born anew in the corrupt Iron City, Alita has no memories. While Dr. Ido wants to protect her from her former life, her new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson, NASHVILLE) wants to help her learn the truth of who she really is. However, dark forces at work in Iron City are intent on hunting and destroying Alita. With danger closing in and those closest to her at risk, she discovers extraordinary fighting abilities that will thrust her into a battle for the future of her world.

Alita's undisputed status as Alpha Female (she carries Hugo in her arms at one point) is refreshing and not confrontational in any way; just like with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley or, way more recently, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft both men and women can easily relate and empathize with her, instantly making her a bona fide heroine. She is, in turns, delicate, charming, radiant, a tragic figure and a weapon of mass destruction, and rooting for her in every single instance comes naturally.

A blend of CGI and live-action fantasy this film is 2 hours of pure escapism into a handsomely-realised 3D cyberpunk dystopia. Bring it.

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