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Review: Alita Battle Angel

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Anthony Morris

Decay, rebirth or both? Alita has a healthy audience, a certain youthful innocence and the contradictory energy of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.

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This particular future has been a long time coming; you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve been here before. Based on the 90s manga series and anime, it was first announced as James Cameron’s next project back in 2003. Then when the Avatar sequels made it clear Cameron wouldn’t be working on anything else for a very long time, he passed it along to director Robert Rodriguez, who shares his interest in tough female leads and special effects without Cameron’s ability to ground them in plausible… well, much of anything plausible if you remember the Machete movies.

About the author

Anthony Morris is a freelance film and television writer. He’s been a regular contributor to The Big IssueEmpire MagazineJunkeeBroadsheetThe Wheeler Centre and Forte Magazine, where he’s currently the film editor. Other publications he’s contributed to include ViceThe VineKill Your Darlings (where he was their online film columnist), The Lifted BrowUrban Walkabout and Spook Magazine. He’s the co-author of hit romantic comedy novel The Hot Guy, and he’s also written some short stories he’d rather you didn’t mention. You can follow him on Twitter @morrbeat and read some of his reviews on the blog It’s Better in the Dark.