James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel is a must watch new-release.
James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel is a must watch new-release: It’s been a long time to come, with Alita: Battle Angel moving around on James Cameron’s to-do list for what feels like decades, but finally, the sci-fi action flick is coming to cinemas courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez… just a little later than planned. The movie has now shifted to a 14th February release date in the US, and we’re now waiting on confirmation of the new UK date, though it is already in India.
Battle Angel hails from Japan, where the successful manga spawned a 90s anime adaptation. It tells the story of a cyborg heroine, Gally, who is rescued from a scrapheap by a kindly scientist. A confused innocent in a violent cyberpunk world, Battle Angel follows the athletic heroine as she searches for the secret of her own past.
Cameron’s on board as a producer, and that certainly shows in the trailers for the forthcoming film. Gally’s brought to the screen using cutting-edge CGI (it’s Rosa Salazar under all that digital makeup), and those eyes certainly draw comparisons with the blue cat people of Cameron’s Avatar. It’s this, we suspect, that will draw as much debate from anime and manga fans as anything else in this glossy, $200m epic.
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 Alita to his clinic. When she awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, she sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.