Alita: Battle Angel Movie Review

20th Century Fox, photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox, photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

Andrew O'Claray, Reporter


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Set several hundred years after “The Fall”, a catastrophic war between Earth and the Republic of Mars that ultimately left Earth devastated. Alita, an abandon android who is salvaged in a scrap  yard by Ido, a cyber-doctor who takes her in. Alita, having no memories of her past. It is only when the corrupt forces that run Iron city trigger flashbacks that unveil her mysterious past, and her mission.

Rating: PG-13

Genre:  Fantasy / Science Fiction

Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Based on the manga series: “Gunnm” by Yukito Kishiro

Produced By: James Cameron, Jon Landau

Run time: 122 Minutes


Alita: Battle Angel surprised me; when I first saw the trailer on TV I thought it was going to be one of those poorly done or just an okay movie, or the fact that it was based on a comic series from 28 years ago. The movie starts off in the scrapyards of Iron City below the city of Zalem, the last aerial city of Earth. To be honest, I felt the start of the movie was a bit slow, like most movies. The plot starts to get interesting when we meet Hugo, an accomplice of Ido. Both Hugo and Ido have secret jobs at night that we later find out about. The movie also includes multiple entertaining fight scenes and a sport called Motorball, cyborgs would participate in a gladiator style game combined with high speed skating in attempt to score points by carrying a heavy motorball across the finish line. The CGI (Computer Based Imagery) was one of the best I’ve seen in movies especially since its jammed packed with CGI, Except for Alita having gigantic eyes for some reason. Of course like all movies Alita: Battle Angel contains its fair share of bad. For instance, the movie contains a few gaps in the where Alita remembers certain things, but the movie doesn’t tell you how she remembers it. But the one thing I felt was the worst part of the movie’s plot was the cliche romance, the main characters fall in love blah blah blah. The movie certainly feels “cyberpunk” as people are labeling it with its combination of the slums of Iron City and the futurist like city of Zalem which I feel like more movies are doing nowadays. The ending of the movie is a total cliffhanger that foreshadows a sequel to the movie in the future. In the end it is not a perfect movie but its still worth the $15 dollars to see it in theaters.