Country: United States
Category: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
Release Date: February 14, 2019
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 122 minutes
Box Office: $
After years and 2019 Alita Battle Angel of trying to get this project afloat, this weekend came to select theaters Alita: Battle Angel (in Mexico called Battle Angel: The Last Warrior), the gringo film adaptation of Yukito's manga Kishiro Hyper Future Vision GUNNM . James Cameron serves as producer, although originally he wanted to be the director, for being a declared fan of the manga, which was published with great success in the United States in the nineties, via Viz Media, under the name of Battle Angel Alita. You could not be more grateful that this did not happen, and that the outdated filmmaker would pass the courier to Robert Rodriguez, who still looks forward to telling good stories in Hollywood.
In broad strokes we could consider that Alita is the best adaptation of a manga in American cinema, which is sad, because, despite this, it is a weak and unnecessary representation of the original work, and does not even reach the height of the anime.In the XXVI century there are two classes of people: those who live in the floating city of Salem, a technological paradise, and those who live among the scrap metal under it. In the garbage dumps Dr. Doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), finds the moribund body of a semi-human cyborg, whom he baptizes as Alita (Rosa Salazar), equal to his dead daughter, whom he reconstructs and adopts.
Alita has amnesia, and in the development of the story she discovers that she has amazing combat skills and that she is capable of love, like humans. While trying to remember his past and fight the criminals turned into bounty hunters, maintains a romantic relationship with Hugo (Keean Johnson), which promises to help fulfill his dream of reaching Salem.
Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Eiza Gonzalez, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein and Michelle Rodriguez complete the cast of this film directed by the Mexican-American Robert Rodriguez.
Since Guillermo del Toro showed his friend James Cameron the manga (or the anime) Alita: Battle Angel, the gringo filmmaker became obsessed with the idea of making a movie about the character, and he never tired of repeating in countless interviews that I wanted to adapt that story. He even created a series called Dark Angel, which he presumed was based on Alita. Years passed and nothing could be done to get the tape, until last year, when, anticlimately, he announced that he would not direct the project, to give preference to the sequel to Avatar, and recruited Robert Rodriguez to take charge of directing the movie. The result is visually sublime, it shows that when Cameron comes to ask for money, the Hollywood portfolios are opened to give him every last penny, because his surname is synonymous with box office, although for more than a decade it has not been " good movies".
I can say without any fear that this is the best gringo adaptation of a Japanese manga or anime. But that does not mean much either. The truth is that its competition in the cinema is not very good, and less recently. For example, we have the adaptation of Death Note, Ghost in the Shell and Dragonball: Evolution. The only one that could be approached is Edge of Tomorrow, adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, who managed to adapt the story in a satisfactory way.