Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


“You’ve been given a chance to start over with a clean slate. How many of us get that? ” – Dr. Dyson Ido

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After being found and reassembled by an inventor, a cyborg tries to learn more about her own past.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been keen on seeing ever since I saw the trailer a few months ago because it looks so intriguing.

This is an excellent story that works on so many different levels.

The way that the film merges the CGI and special effects with the story works so well and looks spectacular that we can truly believe of a world where humans and cyborgs live side by side in a plausible fashion.

This movie is a joint collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez and that alone says so much about the way that the story is able to combine state of the art effects with close quarter battle scenes nearly perfectly.

The main character of Alita is so enjoyable to watch especially since we learn about her past along with her and we can see how she reacts to everything in her life in a new and fresh way.

We get to see what kind of potential she has and as we grow with her, it’s so easy to care about what will happen to her along the way.

I’m usually not a big fan of sequels for the sake of sequels, but this film leaves things open enough for this story to continue on and if they do it right, and have Cameron and Rodriguez on board, it has so much potential for a way to expand this story even further.

Bottom Line – Excellent story that works on so many levels. The CGI and special effects of this film are superb and allows us to see a world where humans and cyborgs can live together in a plausible way.  The fact that this film is a joint collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez says so much because they are able to integrate the special effects and the close quarter battle scenes together so well. The main character of Alita is great and I loved the way that we slowly learn more about her past along with her because we get to see the kind of potential that she has along with the fact that we learn to care much about her and about what will happen to her. I’m not a fan of sequels, but this film leaves enough open for a continuation of this story that could work if done properly. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This marks the first professional collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. Due to his prior commitments to direct the four sequels to Avatar (2009), Cameron could only serve as the producer and co-screenwriter on this film, with Rodriguez taking the directorial duties. In an interview with Empire magazine on December 8, 2017, Rodriguez said of the collaboration with Cameron, “This just doesn’t happen. Guys like Quentin [Tarantino] and Jim [Cameron] only write scripts for themselves to direct. When Avatar (2009) becomes the biggest movie of all time, he told me that he’s going to spend the rest of his career making Avatars, so I said, ‘What happens to Battle Angel then?’, because as a fan I was just interested! And he said, ‘I don’t think I’ll ever get to do that. Hey, if you can figure out the script, you can shoot it!’ So I took it home, spent all summer working on it, cut it down to 130, 125 pages, without cutting anything that he missed. It was a great gift. We had a blast; anytime I had a question I could just call him or email him and he would send back these hugely detailed answers that were so helpful. He just loves being the producer that he always wants. The guy’s just so freakin’ smart. Getting to learn from someone like that was the greatest internship ever.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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