Alita: Battle Angel Perfectly Blends CGI and Makes Viewers Forget It’s a Sci-Fi Movie

Alita: Battle Angel Review
Rosa Salazar stars as Alita in Twentieth Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Sometimes when you watch a Sci-Fi movie the actual movie gets lost in the CGI and action sequences. Somewhere along the way, the actual story suffered in the pursuit to make the latest and the greatest technology shine. But once in a while there a movie that beautifully blends both technology and story and you find yourself pulled into the story the whole time.

The latest to grace the screen that has found the perfect marriage between story and technology is Alita: Battle Angel. Billed as an American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, also known as Battle Angel Alita the movie takes you to Iron City over 300 years after the great fall of civilization. It’s in this future civilization that all societies collide and all languages are used without anyone questioning it. And above the city is
Tiphares one of the last great air cities and civilizations and the ultimate goal of most of the citizens in Iron City.

Alita is a cyborg that was found in the scrap yard by Doctor Ido, who not only gives her a new body but takes care of her like he would his own child. But through his help, he’s also concealing parts of his past that he has learned from finding her and taking care of her. Alita is on a quest to find trouble, find out who she actually is and to find a way to Tiphares.

The movie seamlessly blends CGI of Alita, other cyborgs and humans into a real world. The animation was created using action capture with the actors wearing markings on their body while they actually emoted and acted the scene as if they weren’t in a weird costume. While the majority of the world in Alita is animation, it doesn’t feel forced or cartoonish. Instead you are dropped into a photo realistic world that could be where we are in a few hundred years.

Even with all of the animation, it is not hard to suspend disbelief while watching Alita: Battle Angel. Instead, the story around Alita and her life drives the movie rather than the graphics alone. She’s a strong character that has the slight anime appearance but can hold her own in any fight she gets in. You sympathize with her and her quest to not only find out who she is but also finding love for the first time too. And easily, she’s kicks butt through the whole film.

We were able to screen this movie not only in 3D but in a Dolby Atmos theater. Not only does the movie take advantage of the visual aspects but it does of every part of the action through vibrations and rocking the theater as you watch it. Get lost in Alita: Battle Angel when the movie hits theaters on February 14th.

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When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. (20TH CENTURY FOX). This film is rated PG-13.


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