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Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel

USA 2019 - mit Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Keean Johnson ...

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Originaltitel:Alita: Battle Angel
Genre:Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Regie:Robert Rodriguez
Kinostart:14.02.2019
Produktionsland:USA 2019
Laufzeit:About 122 min.
FSK:From 12 years
Webseite:www.fox.de/
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In the distant future, after a devastating war, the world has become almost uninhabitable. 300 years after this war, the survivors, ordinary people and cybernetically improved people, have united in Iron City. They live in the shadow of Zalem, one of the last big cities in the sky, where only the rich and privileged are allowed to live. When the cyber doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds the remains of the cyborg teenager Alita (Rosa Salazar) at a scrap yard in Iron City, he repairs the girl and takes her under his wing. It soon becomes clear that Alita is carrying a mysterious secret from her past that she can't remember. While Ido tries to protect her from finding out too much about her old life, the cyborg girl leaves no stone unturned to get her memories back. Young Hugo (Keean Johnson), who is working hard to get to Zalem at some point, could help her. But as a special connection develops between Hugo and Alita, dark forces discover the girl's secret powers and want to win her over for their purposes…

"Alita: Battle Angel" was a passionate project of director James Cameron for many years. The Manga series by Japanese comic artist Yukito Kishiro, first published in 1991, was designed by Cameron to be as elaborate and faithful to the original as possible on the big screen. But the work on "Avatar" delayed the project, which Cameron still didn't want to give up. Only when he realized that he would be busy with the sequels of his SiFi epic for years to come did he hand over the direction to Robert Rodriguez, who was now allowed to spend a mega budget of 170 million dollars on the realization of Cameron's vision.

No question: The movie looks great. Alita's big manga eyes take as much getting used to as the looks of some cyber-people, who hunt Alita down as so-called hunter-killers. But otherwise the effects are the movie's biggest strength. But technical perfection is of little help if the rest has no soul. The story, which unites elements from different volumes of the Manga series and also makes lively use of other genre classics such as "Rollerball" or "Blade Runner", never really manages to captivate the audience. Many interesting aspects are touched upon, but these are never properly elaborated.

The characters remain as superficial as the story itself. Ido, charmingly played by Christoph Waltz, is an interesting character, but he is denied any chance to tell the audience more about himself. The same applies to his ex-wife, played by Jennifer Connelly, who would literally walk over dead bodies to come back to Zalem. It would have been interesting to get an insight into her old life in order to better understand her motivation.

"Alita: Battle Angel" is a collection of good possibilities, which are, however, only implemented on average. An epic that is visually thrilling but emotionally cold. And if it becomes really interesting, then the spook is already over. The probability that the quasi-cliffhanger will be dissolved tends towards zero according to initial forecasts. After all: Those who prefer show values to a mature story will get their money's worth here. Therefore there is, with some exceptions, also a good one: Worth seeing!

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