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15th February
2019
written by Adam

Many years from now a deactivated but still sentient female cyborg, Alita (Rosa Salazar), is reanimated by cyber surgeon Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). Unable to recall her past, Alita will have to re-learn what it is to exist, survive, grow, love, and kill, all the while bounty hunters and the oppressors of society seek her out for their own gain.

Alita: Battle Angel

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, based on the graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro, this imaginative tale of discovery is a strange assembly of superpowers in the cinema world. The well equipped and talented Rodriguez clearly appears to be a strong choice to capture the cinematic scope and action required to do justice to the script, and, James Cameron is clearly a great choice to include on the production team for his cinematic and technical pioneering vision and prowess. So what’s the catch? What’s strange or amiss? Sadly, it’s the dialogue throughout that consistently fails with groan worthy, lackluster, and half baked originality. For all the glitz and all the glamour, the actual words behind the movement fall flat and uninspired. Those looking for inspiring dogma best look elsewhere, but, for those looking for amazing visuals, stop, and look no further. Additionally, credits to the ensemble all round should be well received for doing their best with the pulp served up to work with. Perhaps, if we see a continuation of this world we’ll be able to retain the production brains overall, but install a different writing component to the mix. Worthy as a matinee for the cinematic spectacle, Alita: Battle Angel is rated PG-13.

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