Movie Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Welcome to the world of “Alita: Battle Angel.” It’s a cyberpunk dystopian future of interplanetary warfare and human-cyborg hybrids. The film is Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s popular manga series of nearly the same name, “Battle Angel Alita.”

We open on Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), a gifted scientist who specializes in cybernetic surgical procedures, walking a scrapyard on the outskirts of Iron City, a rusty, crime-riddled metropolis. He’s looking for parts discarded from Zalem, the last great “sky city,” which looms high overhead, filled with shiny buildings and one-percenters. Ido spots a young female android’s head and realizes that she is still viable.

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