Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Christoph Waltz,Ed Skrein,Rosa Salazar,Jennifer Connelly,Eiza González,Michelle Rodriguez
Based on Yukito Kishiro’s 1990s manga series, the film is set several centuries in the future. Abandoned cyborg Alita (Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by cyber-doctor Ido (Waltz), who takes her to his clinic. With no memory, Alita must adapt herself to this big bad dystopian world. As she learns to navigate her new life, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past.
After accidently discovering her real powers, Alita sets out on a journey that makes her take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, with a little help from a bevy of friends and foes alike.
Visually, the film is a treat, and nothing less is expected from a film produced by James Cameron. Alita is an impressive creation, with huge anime eyes, a perfectly-contoured face and minimal emotional expressiveness. The background score is engaging while the cinematography feels flawless.
But while technically the film scores high, the narrative seems done and dusted. An unnecessary romantic track and a too-familiar storyline becomes a drag. The film falls prey to the same issue that most genre movies do these days — their need to make a franchise. Waltz is perfectly cast as Alita’s father-figure, and their relationship is interesting. The other casting seems a bit off. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this film is meant for a great theatrical experience.