Review: Alita: Battle Angel

This movie would entertain fans of futuristic sci-fi action fans for its special effects. The movie is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Gunnm. The movie takes place in 300 years after a fiction apocalypse which the results is two separate worlds – a floating city and an Iron city.  Dr. Dyson Ido, Christoph Waltz, discovers a disembodied female cyborg, then he rebuilds her. The cyborg, Alita, hardly remembers what she is used to be. The adventure begins when she discovers Ido is actually a Hunter-Warrior and Alita registers herself in order to bring back her lost memory. Alita brings us to a climax and takes us to a complex conflict but then walks away to begin a whole other story – it would be a trilogy, but still no confirmation.

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However, the pulsating action is packed within marvelous visual. For instance, the motorball game scene is outstanding, especially in IMAX 3D. The scene reflects a perfect combination of great visual and thrilling moves by the characters. There is also a glorious, bloody brawl in several scenes.  The characters’ design is wonderfully detailed along with the CGI environment.

Whatever the critics, the movie is still enjoyable for fun and the part of  revolutionary hero origin story and part of coming-of-age story. Of course, thanks to James Cameron, he does not mess with the origin story from the manga.

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