Movies Update Of Alita: Battle Angel

“Alita: Battle Angel,” directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-written and produced by James Cameron, is the first time the two filmmakers have collaborated. You can see Cameron’s influence, as the film is technically competent but emotionally hollow, and Rodriguez’s influence, as some of the characters saw their members replaced by guns. It’s very about the brand for both of them. (Cameron shares writing credit with Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote “Terminator: Genysis”).

Based on a Japanese comic (but don’t worry — the movie doesn’t include Japanese), it’s a flashy and expensive enjoyment that takes place in the future, about 3000 years after the collapse of civilization, focuses on a nice cybernetic doctor named Dyson IOT (Christoph Waltz) who repairs cyborgs for free to do a favor to the ruined wasteland community where he lives, called Iron City. The Earth is basically a landfill now people and cyborgs are crowding for remains, while the elites live in a floating heavenly city called Zalem.

Among the detritus detached from Zalem is a still functional female cyborg consciousness, which Ido finds and implants in a robotic body that He had dragged. He names his new daughter cyborg Alita, after his true (dead) daughter, whom Ido considers charming, but his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) considers strange. Alita (played by Rosa Salazar) has huge eyes and a creepy CGI robot face so the audience won’t find her relatable.

She doesn’t remember her past life or the kind of cyborg she was, but she is incredibly strong and a great wrestler, and she is, of course, at motorball (roller derby on motorized rollers), Iron City’s favorite sport cyborg.

IOT is a bounty hunter in his spare time, and a cyborg delinquent in particular, Grewishka (Jackie Earle Haley), wants him and his young daughter, too. Another cyborg named Zapan (Ed Skrein) is also tasked with finishing Alita. It seems that in addition to all the other secrets that Alita can keep, her robot heart is a powerful source of energy. On Zalem, a secret character named Nova controls things and sometimes pushes his consciousness into someone else’s body-mahershala Ali in particular – to make a statement. Oh, and Alita has a human friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), who is completely useless to her, the film and humanity.

Rodriguez, making his first film in five years, brings his usual energy. The action scenes are consistent and exciting (as they should be if they involve semi-robot beings), and the motorball sequences are wheel fun. But the rest is an apathetic futuristic mumbo-jumbo without a single interesting character, which leads to a conclusion that is really just a setup for the next film. Only the budget and recognition of the name separate it from any number of films of the Syfy channel.

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