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Alita: Battle Angel – The Hollywood Breakthrough Manga Movie

The movie is filled with immersive and emotional ride and one that makes great use of the 3D format especially in the Motorball game sequences – a must-not-miss!

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An angel falls. A warrior rises.

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-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. A growing affection develops between the two as she battles other machines who are empowered with skills. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

“Alita: Battle Angel” is an American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga “Gunnm”, also known as Battle Angel Alita. The manga was originally brought to James Cameron’s attention by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and Cameron immediately became enamoured with the concept. And the end product had us smitten.

Yes, the movie looks great, with gorgeous and uncluttered visuals, intriguing action and just enough character work to provide hope that it’s not just empty spectacle. Mind you, it has no A-list stars (all due respect to Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali), is based on a cult anime and is the kind of “a world unlike you’ve ever seen” new-to-cinemas fantasy.

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It’s safe to say that director Robert Rodriguez may have crafted the first unmissable blockbuster of 2019. The movie is filled with immersive and emotional ride and one that makes great use of the 3D format especially in the Motorball game sequences – a must-not-miss!

Also, we HAVE to mention the excellent job done on Rosa Salazar’s cyborg as its powerful avenging angel. Her photo real CG performance is amazingly nuanced. Alita will bring you through a wild ride that offers kick-a** action, an immersive virtual world and a surprising amount of emotional weight. Everything rests on you loving the character of Alita. It’ll be surprising as to how the animated characters in the movie had more heart than the living ones. She manages to ooze out a kick-a** character with plenty of attitudes but a heart full of love. She’ll give you her heart (literally!)

Just a few minus points as we did not obtain the infinite feel of the main villain, Nova, who just appears every now and then through Ali’s portrayal of Vector. Also, Connelly’s part was underutilised and the romance was a cliché – nothing has changed despite it blossoming between a human and a cyborg. And most importantly, the fact that the movie left me wanting more!

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Surpassing it all, everything about Alita made us fall in love with it. Sure, it has your usual blockbuster structure, but even the most cynical moviegoers should find themselves enamoured with the big heart this film has. This is definitely a theatrical experience movie.

Given the amount of time the project has spent in development, and the involvement of Cameron as a producer, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise the film has the potential to be great. Although the same genre of film followed a grim path in the cinematic world like “Jupiter Ascending”, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and “Mortal Engines”, “Alita: Battle Angel” is the exception to the rule.

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Score: 8/10

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