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Alita: Battle Angel

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7.32 h 1 min2019X-RayHDRUHDNR
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment.
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Supporting actors
Mahershala AliEd SkreinJackie Earle HaleyKeean JohnsonJorge Lendeborg Jr.Lana CondorIdara VictorJeff Fahey
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James CameronJon Landau
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20th Century Fox
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4.6 out of 5 stars

11408 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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AceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable visual treat
OK so it's not the greatest story ever told but hey super hero movies never are. It's action packed and visually stunning and I for one would like to see where the story goes from here. Hopefully a sequel will follow although initial viewing figures aren't great, maybe the Chinese market and bluray sales will persuade the studio to persevere.
This is absolutely a 3D must a la Valerian and it's also great to see this released as a 3D, 4K combo bundle, if only more films were released like this it would push both formats.
Give it a go, even if you hate the plot you'll enjoy the scenery.
110 people found this helpful
NikobReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb......a masterpiece!
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I am not a Manga or comic book fan, however, I am a huge Avatar fan that is desperately treading water until the next Avatar movie arrives and then this popped up on my new movie radar and I thought I would give it a try.
I purchased the extended version for the extras and bonus content and if you really want to know almost everything about how this movie came to be I would definitely recommend this bonus features version.
I fell in love with this movie because it is just so awesome, the effects, storyline, characters and casting is just genius and my mind boggles at the complexity of how these writers and directors create such an outstandingly believable fantasy world (yes, I said a believable fantasy world) and that is just how good this film is.
This movie takes you on a wonderful journey, nothing has to be imagined as everything is there visually to be enjoyed, without any question marks circling around your head or anything leaving you confused in any way, yes it is that well done, you just sit back and the movie takes total control.
Amazing movie with a stellar cast that has to be my favourite movie of 2019, watch and watch again........superb!
34 people found this helpful
AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Please let the franchise continue
Yes, every film these days isn't just a film. It's the beginning of a larger body of work, a shared universe, or trying to set up an ongoing franchise. And, besides the Marvel Shared Universe and a few pre-existing properties like 'Star Wars,' most fledgling film franchises struggles beyond the first offering. That's simply because they make setting up a wider universe more of a priority than actually simply telling a good story (that 'Dark Universe' saga that tried to get off the ground with Tom Cruise at the helm, anyone?).

Now, I'm not going to say that the producers of 'Alita: Battle Angel' wouldn't love the franchise to still be going in ten years time (complete with all sorts of spin-off tales of secondary characters and probably a TV series to boot), but at least it stands on its own as a great story and - if it doesn't get a sequel - can be looked at as a whole, rather than something that started and was never concluded.

It's set well into the future where the world has been ravaged by one giant war (aka 'The Fall') and half the (unlucky) population live in a junkyard of a city on Earth, while those better off live in a floating city above it, known as 'Zolum.' The status quo remains until a Dr Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) who specialises in creating cyborgs out of spare parts finds the remains of a young cyborg girl ('Alita,' in case you haven't guessed!) on the scrap heap and takes it upon himself to rebuild her. Of course the plot needs her to have forgotten who true identity and - naturally - this all links in with what will become her destiny to bring a little more equality between the two last cities on Earth and the mysterious ruler who 'watches all.'

So, it's kind of one of those 'prophecy/saviour' type films which certainly aren't that original, but, if done right, are very entertaining - and Alita is very entertaining. First of all Rosa Salazar is a very likable lead and, despite not having too many major roles to her credit, does brilliantly at holding the weight of the story on her shoulders. She's also got on hand Christoph Waltz, who always turns in a great performance in whatever he's in. This is no different and their relationship is the character-highpoint of the film.

Alita's love interest is 'Hugo' (Keean Johnson) and, although I couldn't really find fault with anything about his performance, I got the impression that his part could have been played by anyone. Jennifer Connelly is on the cast-list, but I felt she was a little underused and could have been in it a lot more. And, despite being a big fan, I only found out that Jackie Earle Haley was in the film after seeing his name on the credits and having to look up who he played online afterwards

It's all stylishly directed by Robert Rodriguez, despite having James Cameron as co-producer and writer, the directoral honours seemed to have gone to Rodriguez. His natural style of fast-paced shots work better for the action and amount of CGI used. I know Cameron did - practically - an entire film ('Avatar') in CGI, but in Alita (and this could just be because a more modern film can blend live action and computer effects together) better, the effects look for more polished and real when compared to 'Avatar.' The soundtrack is also pretty generic and you certainly won't be humming the theme tune for months to come after leaving the cinema.

But, that's just a minor gripe. Basically, if you're in the mood for some great action and don't mind the lengthy two-hour run-time, you should definitely check this one out. After only a couple of scenes you'll stop wondering why Alita's eyes are so (CGI) big and concentrate on her growth as a character (and, is it just me, or is she using 'Sting' i.e. the sword from 'Lord of the Rings' to save the world?).

I see that it's only got a big of a lukewarm reception from some critics, but, if you see what the fans are saying about it, I think you'll know who to believe. Bring on the next installment.
90 people found this helpful
MojoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time cynical franchise attempt
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A sort of Astroboy/Rollerball hybrid, with a pedigree of James Cameron & Robert Rodriquez you would think, as we did, you would be onto a winner with this. Unfortunately, as with the majority of films now produced by Hollywood, it is yet another shameless attempt to gain a never ending franchise without even attempting plot, storyline or acting. Whilst it starts off with promise it quickly flops into padded out scenes that should have stayed on the cutting room floor, really awful acting from everyone, waste of time love story that isn't needed, Christoph Waltz doesn't really suit the role and Jennifer Connelly appears to be in some kind of trance throughout the entire thing.

Robert Rodriquez clearly couldn't make up his mind whether this was aimed at children or adults so we have patchy violence which jars with the more child orientated aspects of the film. In short, it doesn't work.

The phrases 'sell-out' & 'rip-off' should be thrown at both Cameron & Rodriquez.
23 people found this helpful
Jack RansomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Feast For The Eyes
Easily my most entertaining film of this year and probably my favourite so far. This is a film that is designed to be seen on the biggest screen possible, the visual effects are incredible, action sequences are unique and well choreographed. The movie is worth seeing alone for the 'Motorball' sequences. The acting is good all around, Alita is well voiced and motion captured, her personality is likeable and it's great seeing her go from friendly to unkillable badass. Christoph Waltz/Jennifer Connelly & Mahershaha Ali are all as good as expected and everyone is clearly having a blast. Yeah the dialogue is very cheesy at times, the plot skips around at a bit and loses some focus and the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and hopefully this film is financially successful enough to get a sequel as it does deserve it. Go and see Alita on the biggest screen possible, it's a cinematic visual blast and well worth watching.
70 people found this helpful
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
AN EXCITING ACTION-PACKED AND FUTURISTIC DELIGHT (SPARKLING 4K UPGRADE)
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A superb 4k upgrade, Blu-ray was good, 4k is even better.
(This 3 disc pack should content most collectors with a 4k,3D and Blu-ray version within)

This an exciting futuristic, action-packed, CGI feast you'll not want to miss (if you love sci-fi and c.g.i)
Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) searches the tips for useful parts to use in his Lab, one day he comes across a disembodied female cyborg, her brain intact he sets about rebuilding her.
Giving her everything that makes her almost human she awakes, he names her Alita (Rosa Salazar) after the daughter he'd lost.
Alita has no memory of her past and seeing what she has been reborn into she finds everything very strange.
She meets a human male called Hugo (Keean Johnson) who will show her around, he will become her love interest as time passes.
It's a harsh world, a dangerous world, Alita will have to find her purpose, in doing so whilst protecting the Doctor she finds she has a natural ability to battle.
Gradually some of her past will become apparent to her, and as before she sets her path to fight what is wrong.
This is without a doubt, a must-see sci-fi-fest, certainly one of the best I have seen for some time.
All I can say is, they must make a sequel and maybe a series.
17 people found this helpful
Thomas BaileyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Forget film of the year, this is the Film of the Decade!
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What a brilliant film! The 4K image really lights up the screen and the surround sound is flawless! On top of that James Cameron adapted the Alita manga flawlessly, such an epic. Cannot wait for the sequel. The special features on the std Blu ray disc are amazing too, very informative. Thank you James Cameron, Rosa Salazar and everyone else involved in bringing this masterpiece to light and introducing so many people, including myself to a marvellous manga.
15 people found this helpful
Steve DReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Film ! A must watch !
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In my opinion Avatar was one of the best films ever made and this film follows on it the same genre and uses the same filming techniques.
I do love films but rarely review them as so many other better qualified than me do that much better.
I don't watch a film to 'analyse' it I just watch a film to (try) and enjoy it.
To that end for me a film must be easy to follow (not loads of flashbacks for instance) and believable.. alright I know this is fiction but so were the great stories of Charles Dickens.. and this film was certainly believable, the characters were so engrossing.
Yes, the main character isn't a human actor, yet looked so human, a credit to modern film making of course, and of course the whole thing is based on the Japanese storytelling in Anime, something I only discovered about 2 years ago.
The plot is about a cyborg builder who finds the top part of a cyborg when sorting through 'junk' that has fallen from a city that hovers above earth, he then rebuilds her and then finds she is very tough, hence the term 'Battle Angel'.
I won't say any more for fear of ruining the story, but there are twists and turns and romance along the way.
There are many more characters, including evil ones of course. but I can say this is another films that is up there along with Avatar, as good as, maybe a little better, because the story doesn't actually end, and I can't wait for the sequel, hope it is release VERY soon.
To sum up if you want a good story, with believable characters/cyborgs/robots fron the future, you have GOT to watch this, and yes, I would give it more 5 stars if I could too !
2 people found this helpful
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