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Movie Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Movie Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

This film is a Hollywood adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga released in the 90s. For almost two decades, James Cameron tried to develop it, but unfortunately stopped when he chose to focus on Avatar which later became the best-selling film of all time. Now he only only acts as (one of) script writers and producers, with Robert Rodriguez as the director. You might be surprised to see how Rodriguez, the director who gave us Desperado, Spy Kids, and Machete, could easily enter the realm of a massive scale blockbuster.

It should be a city called Iron City in 2563. Iron City is a slum city that survived after a major disaster called the Fall. The population is crowded and it is said that all people from all corners of the earth gather here to find work. His job is anything, whether it is supplying energy, gardening or becoming a mercenary, the main thing that contributes to supporting Zalem’s operations, the mysterious city that hovers over Iron City. In other words; Iron City is a slave to Zalem.

At the Zalem dump in Iron City, our main character is found by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), a mechanic who specializes in making and repairing robotic organs or cyborgs. Iddo put his body to the head of our main character who turned out to be active, then gave him the name Alita. Alita doesn’t remember anything, but somehow her muscle memory holds tremendous fighting ability.

Alita is not a cyborg with the appearance of Ghost in the Shell, say, Scarlett Johansson. Thanks to the sophistication of cinema technology today, Alita is presented as a photorealistic CGI creation, perhaps coupled with motion-capture assistance, which has a thick body and superbelo eyes. Maybe all of you want to pay homage to the manga. It looks strange, but a few minutes later I got used to it. The expressive delivery of dialogue from the cast, Rosa Salazar, enlivens Alita to be more than just a flat character.

Alita: The Battle Angel, Good Or Nay ?

One of the latest films to use the CGI application is Alita: The Battle Angel. This film tells about Alita, a robot or cyborg created to destroy Zalem, a city that is above the sky. Unfortunately in the destruction mission, Alita lost and had to be dumped in a dumping place called Iron City (Kota Besi).

300 years after the incident, the remains of the destroyed Alita’s body were found by a doctor named Iddo. The doctor who found Alita’s corpse saw that Alita’s head was still functioning. Seeing this, Ido brought Alita’s body to conduct further investigations and research. As a result, Ido made a new body for Alita. He revived Alita in order to accompany him who was left behind by the deceased child.

After Alita gets a new body, Alita starts exploring and exploring Iron City to find her true identity. When conducting exploration, Alita discovered a crime. He could not stay silent to see the crime, with the strength and ability of his martial arts, Alita could easily defeat the criminals.

Shortly after the fight with criminals, Alita joined a tournament called Motorball. For anyone who can win the tournament, he is entitled to get a ticket to Zalem, the city above the sky. Vector who is the leader of Motorball  wants Alita to die.

Vector wants Alita’s body parts so he tries to kill Alita, whose fate is actually a double-edged sword, Alita defeats Vector and takes a ticket to go to Zalem. The goal is clear, namely to destroy the city above the sky.

Actually this film does not get a high enough score from film critics. For an adaptation, Alita: The Battle Angel is in a fairly safe position, but it is not enough to hit and satisfy the desires of current movie lovers.

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