Alita: Battle Angel (2019) – Movie Review

Her Time is Now.

Alita: Battle Angel is an action-adventure sci-fi film based on the 1990s Japanese manga series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, & written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis.

The film sets in 2563, where a catastrophic war known as “The Fall” aka “The Great War” has left the Earth in ruin. As a result, a group of wealthy people forms a floating city of Zalem in the sky, where the upper-class wealthy people stay, and all the others stay on the devastated Earth known as Iron City. One day, while scouting the junkyard of Iron City, cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovers a disembodied female cyborg with a fully intact human brain. Ido attaches a cyborg body to her and names her “Alita” (Rosa Salazar) after his deceased daughter, for whom he originally built the body. Alita, with no memory from her past, starts to know the world around her, and in the process, she also starts rediscovering her past life, and her true destiny.

The main reason to watch this film can be the top-notch visual effects which they’ve used in this film to grab the audiences’ attention. Specifically, the detailed on-screen appearance of Alita is mesmerizing to watch. Her every move, facial expressions are just felt too real that one can easily forget that its a computer-generated imagery. The action sequences are also pretty impressive. The film has the vibe of any futuristic film like Ready Player One (2018), Mortal Engines (2018), or Elysium (2013) which we get from the trailers. The film has the flavor of futuristic films elements like the devastated earth, the overtaken life of humans by machines.

The main issue I had while watching this film was that the storytelling was not focused on one thing. There’s definitely the compelling father-daughter story, and secondly, it should’ve had focused only on the part where she finds herself. But too many subplots makes it difficult for the audience to connect with her story. The things look good only during the action sequences otherwise it just feels boring and over-complicated.

Verdict : The film is enjoyable for sci-fi action movie lovers.

Rating : 3.6/5

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Terminator 2 : Judgement Day – 3D (2017)

Hasta la Vista, baby.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) is one of the best sci-fi action movie ever made, co-written, produced and directed by very brilliant and outstanding director James Cameron. It is a sequel to the movie The Terminator (1984).

The story follows Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son John Connor (Edward Furlong) as they are being trailed and hunted by their nemesis, a new, more advanced Terminator, the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), travelled back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance in future against machines. He is the one deadliest villain ever portrayed on screen, he doesn’t talk too much, he just does what he is good at, terminate. A second cyborg, less advanced Terminator T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor in the first installment, must now protect John Connor. T-800 is also sent back in time, reprogrammed by John Connor from future to be his own savior in the past.

This film has amazing action sequences demonstrated so well that work even after 26 years with splendid visual effects. Especially with the use of well-crafted visual effects in films it became a critical and commercial success and influenced popular culture. The film has a lot of iconic movie moments, the favorite of all is when T-1000 is frozen in liquid Nitrogen, and Schwarzenegger fires a shot at him saying “Hasta la Vista, baby.”. This film is the series of unstoppable exciting sequences which will definitely keep you interested till the end. The sound effects by Brad Fiedel are thrilling and earth-shattering which elevates the excitement even more. And this is the reason why this film has won four Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

There are only handful of moments where 3D stands out. Scenes like the explosions, the movements, or the character pointing the gun at screen actually gives the real flavor of 3D. Otherwise while watching the film anybody can observe that images are pretty sharp and clear even when 3D glasses are removed. The very reason for this can be the film was never shot in that format, and never directed in a way to take advantage of it. Rather looking at its 3D aspect, watching the film on the big screen that too with some good enhancements in the picturization makes it the larger than life and must have experience.

Verdict : Must watch for everyone. You just can’t miss this.

Rating : 5/5