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Alita: Battle Angel
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg...  View more >

Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly...  View more >

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Feb 20, 2019
The eyes have it!" Alita: Battle Angel" is the most ambitious science fiction movie i had ever seen in years. Not only it has a great script but it has strong direction from Robert Rodriguez and strong backing from producer James Cameron who also co-write the movie. The film takes place in 2563 as the city was divided into two cities. The Iron City and the sky city. The main character in the movie is a woman name Atlita who was found in ruins and was remade into a machine with a hidden past. Besides the fake limbs, I love her huge eyes. I though her eyes are very beautiful. She became a bounty hunter as she competes against other bounty hunters. when she not doing that she plays Motorball which is a little similiar to Rollerball, the 1975 and the 2002 remake. The film was beautifully made with a compelling cast. Rosa Salazar who plays Atlita plays it like she owns the character. This movie is far better than the last 10 science fiction movies that i have seen, if you're disapointed in the way Science Fiction is handle, you need to see this movie. And like me, you will fall in love with Atlita and her beautiful eyes.
Feb 28, 2019
For anyone with a decent level of movie-watching experience, you'll be familiar with most everything in this movie. Is that automatically a bad thing? No, especially if the story is enjoyable, the performances are good, and/or it brings something new to the table.

The story is basically the weakest part of the entire movie. A beautiful girl who is unaware/unsure of who she is battles against all odds to discover her destiny and protect those she loves. How many times could that storyline have been used? But, it's a good foundation, so now it's a matter of what you can do with it.

The world building is top-notch, as is the special effects. There is very little of the "uncanny valley" effect that can happen when you have CGI-generated people, to the point where you forget that you're seeing digital pixels instead of human flesh. The world created is very believable and the exposition that explains what happened is mostly unnecessary, as it doesn't really matter that much.

The performances by everyone are pretty good. Rosa Salazar did the motion capture and voice work for the title character, and it's pretty difficult to know what was her and what was the wizards at Weta Digital and the other companies. Christoph Waltz did a great job, as he always does. Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali are thrown in for good measure.

I did not see this movie in 3D, and I've got a distinct feeling that it would be much more enjoyable in that format (much like Avatar, but not to the same degree). The visual spectacle is also a big reason why it would be a good idea to see this on the big screen while you can. It's just not going to have the same impact at home on a tv and a soundbar, even if the Atmos soundtrack did not make much use of the overheads and surrounds (or the theater was not tuned well).

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