Alita: Battle Angel
“The Angel of Death”
Production : 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment,
Troublemaker Studios, TSG Entertainment
Battle Angel is based on the hit manga series Battle Angel Alita by
Yukito Kishiro. Tells the story of a cyborg name Alita who is found
by Dr. Ido while searching for cyborg parts in a landfill. Dr. Ido
fixed Alita who in fact lost all her memories. The film tells the
journey of Alita try to find who she really is as she is attracted
to conflicts because conflicts bring her memories back little by
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced and written by James Cameron. In 2003, Cameron decided to direct this film. He has already make notes and screenplay and the film was in development hell until 2015 where he decided to find other director (Rodriguez) because Cameron is focusing himself on making Avatar sequels. So, Rodriguez who is famous with his Mariachi-Style is chosen to direct this 200 million dollar budget film. To see this two different directors work together is really interesting as Cameron is famous as this perfectionist director and Rodrigues is famous with his one-man film-crew style. But, the combo turns out to be a smash hit!
Roza Salazar is chosen as Alita with computer-generated imagery that Cameron used in Avatar with more modifications such as the Fusion Camera System, facial performance capture and the Simulcam. Salazar nailed to play the character of Alita while Christoph Waltz casted as Dr. Ido, Jennifer Connelly as Chiren, Mahershala Ali as the villain; Vector with Ed Skrein as Zapan and the newcomer Keean acted as Hugo and Jackie Earle Haley almost unrecognizable played as Grewishka.
The film gives a dark, gloomy vibe since the beginning but somehow still able to make people smile, the visuals is incredibly amazing and the action sequence is highly recommended to watch in 3D but keep in mind, it is very brutal. So, prepare your mental. Despite its brutal and gloomy feeling, the film’s main story is kept a life since the beginning with the drama of Alita finding who she really is, is not forgotten through out the whole film which it means the film is focused on the story. Some scenes could even make audiences got into a teary eyes and gives the “Titanic” vibe.
Another point to add is how Alita is pictured as a “no dimsel in distress” character but at the same time still has vulnerabilities is human-like. The film is her journey finding who she really is while also trying to change the world and try to protect the people that she loves. She is the cyborg with the face of an angel but has the power of the angel of death.
If you’re waiting for a post credit scenes, there wouldn’t be but the credit title is filled with Dua Lipa’s Swan Song which closed the film into an intriguing ending. Applause for all the team behind this film! The film is incredibly entertaining even though it is 122-minute film. The film is worth your time and experience. You will not waste your money. In fact, you will be amazed with every frames of the film. So, are you ready to meet Alita?
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