Alita: Battle Angel has been teased for so long that people just want to get it on with the action – and that’s exactly what you should be expecting.
Alita: Battle Angel, is first and foremost, originally a cyberpunk manga that was released way back in 1990, and is now being made into a film. The movie boasts of glorious visuals and a rather extensive cast: Rosa Salazar as Alita, Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido, Ed Skrein as Zapan, Jennifer Connelly as Chiren, and so much more.
While some people are a bit skeptical about how the movie would pan out, with Rosa being CGI’d to look more like the original Alita from the manga, the trailers show a lot of promise, including mind-blowing effects that would put other movies to shame. Story-wise, it looks encouraging and reassuring but let us keep open minds.
Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez, the same guy who brought you Sin City, Machete, and all those action-packed movies. Alita: Battle Angel is a combat-packed film itself and runs on a $200 million budget. Rodriguez is not new to this genre but his works as director/producer/writer to the aforementioned films weren’t that great either. Suffice to say, it’s looking a little different at the moment. He usually gets his ideas and inspiration from comic books. It was originally named ‘Battle Angel Alita’ when it was in its manga form and was written by Yukito Kishiro.
The film’s setting is not uncommon as it takes a familiar cyberpunk feel, like many we’ve seen already, but the plot is unique and is actually true to its origin. The story revolves around our protagonist, Alita. Unlike most heroes with a tragic backstory they can zap inspiration from, Alita (Rosa Salazar) doesn’t remember anything. She was found unconscious in a junkyard in Iron City by Dr. Ido (Christopher Waltz), a cyber doctor, and took her to his “clinic” to repair her. He basically gave her new parts and fixed what was broken. She then wakes up and tries to live life as normally as she possibly could with the help of Ido and a romantic interest by the name of Hugo.
Alita, being a cyborg with no recollection of her memories ends up being a bounty hunter, more commonly known as Hunter Warriors (in the movie, at least). She is, of course, a little stronger than the rest but that’s a definite given since she’s the protagonist.
Like all protagonists, she has to go head to head with villains who in the movie, try to capture her or want her dead. She also needs to protect her friends and the only family she woke up with, so that’s that.
Overall, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ looks like a perfect action-packed film with dazzling and superb visuals. With its unique take on cyborgs and cyberpunk material, it definitely is something to look forward to; now showing in cinemas near you.