A movie produced by James Cameron (Avatar) and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) just has to be something worth seeing and that proves the case with Alita: Battle Angel. Alita is like nothing you have ever experienced, on a technical level, in the cinema before.

Set several centuries in the future, the 20th Century Fox studio logo fades to a similar logo but one that reads 26th Century Fox, 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 Alita 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, Alita 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.

Alita: Battle Angel is a technical marvel and requires to be seen in 3D (having had the luxury of seeing it in both 2D and 3D) and on the biggest screen possible, ideally in IMAX, the IMAX camera was used to film a large proportion of the movie. In 3D the large dystopian Iron City comes to life as does Alita who is more lifelike in 3D, in 2D she looks very much like the flat CG character that she is.

Rosa Salazar gives a remarkable performance given the technology that had to be used to get her character on screen.

Alita: Battle Angel is a thrill ride of a movie from start to finish. Don’t wait to see this on demand or on Blu-Ray, this is a movie that needs to be seen in the cinema and on a big screen.

Highly Recommended.

Alita: Battle Angel (12A)

2h 2m

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

UK Release: Wednesday 6th February 2019

Alita: Battle Angel - "Ambush Alley" Clip

Alita: Battle Angel - "Motorball" Clip

Alita: Battle Angel - "Motorball" Clip

Alita: Battle Angel - "Mirror Punch" Clip

Alita: Battle Angel - "The Making of Alita" Featurette

Alita: Battle Angel - "Two Visionarees" Featurette