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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

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Robert Rodriguez

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Salazar ... Alita
Christoph Waltz ... Dr. Dyson Ido
Jennifer Connelly ... Chiren
Mahershala Ali ... Vector
Ed Skrein ... Zapan
Jackie Earle Haley ... Grewishka
Keean Johnson ... Hugo
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Tanji
Lana Condor ... Koyomi
Idara Victor ... Nurse Gerhad
Jeff Fahey ... McTeague
Eiza González ... Nyssiana
Derek Mears ... Romo
Leonard Wu ... Kinuba
Racer Maximiliano Rodriguez-Avellan Racer Maximiliano Rodriguez-Avellan ... Claymore
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Storyline

Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death. Written by Anthony Harmon

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alita: Battle Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,250,000, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$48,681,068, 21 February 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Upon the release of the film's first theatrical trailer, Alita's appearance, especially her big eyes, have provoked strong mixed reactions from audiences. Director Robert Rodriguez, in an interview with Empire magazine on December 8, 2017, explained the decision for the design of Alita's eyes: "It was always Jim [Cameron]'s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we're so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there! When it gets to the emotional scenes it's really uncanny and striking. And captivating!" See more »

Goofs

When Alita disarms Zapan in the bar, the sword bounces across the table and falls off the far side. But in the next shot, the sword is at her feet. See more »

Quotes

Hugo: We go back we'll be on the run forever
Alita: [reassuring him] But we'll be on the run together
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The title doesn't appear until the end of the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Swan Song
Written by Robin Fredriksson, Junkie XL, Dua Lipa, Mattias Larsson, Justin Tranter and Kennedi Lykken
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Here's why Alita is a good film - But if you didn't like Avatar, then it's not for you.
5 February 2019 | by jditchSee all my reviews

Screenplay Co written and adapted by Avatar creator, James Cameron and Sin City creator Robert Rodriguez. Alita is a deep film that covers a wide range of themes such as female empowerment, personal growth, sacrifice and loss.

The world is wonderfully imagined. Its also incredibly beautiful. In 3D, Alita looks amazing, she's vibrant and full of life, her skin looks so natural. Some people are moaning about the eyes. But those people are missing the point that Alita isn't human. Battle Angel borrows from other sci-fi stories in places. But this is a 20 year old graphic novel series. You can't expect total originality here. But like it's cousin, Avatar, Alita manages to carve out an interesting new world for itself, which in some ways is similar to its protagonist.

The film had drawn some criticism for Alita's portrayal, as overly sexualized. I would argue those critics have entirely missed points made in the film. Or perhaps they haven't even seen it yet. Without giving anything away: calling Alita out for having an unrealistically small waist and big eyes is like moaning that the terminator sets an unfair standard for men. They're not human!

Whilst I really enjoyed Alita, it could have, should have, been two films. There's so much going on that at times, some scenes can seem insignificant on reflection. In the grand scope of the story some moving moments are lost. Some feel a little rushed.

So overall, a good film. Personally I loved it. Visually it's stunning. If you love sci-fi, if you liked Avatar or if you're a film lover, go see it! But watch it in IMAX 3D or at least 3D. Most films aren't worth it. But like Avatar: This isn't just 3D, this is James Cameron 3D. It's made for 3D.


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