Going to Going Forward and spoiling Alita: Battle Angel for you. Not because I'm a dick, but because the disclosure of your end will not tell you anything about the storyline and will ruin absolutely nothing about the movie. It ends – drum roll, please – with Alita (Rosa Salazar), sword in hand, staring at her enemy, her Great Bad. Then he turned black and the credits were playing. The whole movie is a setting that never comes.
None of this means that the setting is bad. In fact, it's much better than anyone, including myself, I imagined it would be. Based on Yukitos Kichiro's Gunnm and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this is a cunning, though banal, hero for the young cyborg (Alita), gathered from the head and shoulders of a long-lost robot and mechanized arms and legs of the dead daughter of talented cyber-nerd Christopher Waltz. Because the amnesian android tries to assemble her life and limbs, she finds extraordinary abilities, develops love for basketball, known as Motorball, takes over hunters, and realizes she has to beat the aforementioned Big Bad. (She also falls in love because some tropics never die.) That's the whole movie. It's really fun, but it's trying so hard to turn into a series that forgets to end …
When Alita first wakes up, freshly hacked by Ido, she has no memory of her past. She is walking around the world where Ido introduced her, those giant eyeballs you've heard so much about drinking in everything. But when he meets Hugo (Cian Johnson) who introduces her to Motorball, the newborn cyborg discovers that he has mysterious skills. It turns out that her heart and brain are Martian technology. Three hundred years before Idol made Alitha there was a fall, a great war with Mars, which left cybrids like Ality to be thrown away, and that left the big city of Zalem sailing high above the Iron City where Alitha, Iddo, Hugo and almost everyone else lived.
There is one way to get to Zalem ̵
If all this sounds too complicated, it is. While most of his family's movies are a bit of detail and just stick to the hit, Alita is full of intrigue and plot. The problem is that there is actually nothing. The action packed, tangled tracks are incredibly entertaining (thanks to the merger of Rodriguez and producer James Cameron for that), but they are a bridge to nothing. Alitha It becomes painfully obvious in the third act, is a whole film of the exposition.
When the trilogy is planned to be a trilogy from the outset, it is acceptable. People who leave the theater know that there will be more to go back to the next film. Even something like Marvel's franchise movie can be forgiven for having a slightly open conclusion because everyone knows that the answers will be ultimately provided. By Aliita, there is no guarantee of continuation. In fact, Cameron has said he is cautious about scheduling before this film is proven. This is a good idea, but it would be more plausible if it does not come from someone whose film has forgotten to include the last battle with the boss. And indeed, Cameron knows how to do this: Avatar ended with a bang and crash, and the audience still wants more.
Cameron and Rodriguez, of course, have a plan for what will happen in the sequel – if they are not man this will be extra horror – and it is clear from Battle Angel they know where the story is going. So why did they make a movie that so clearly asked for tracking when they had the goods to deliver a killer? I do not know. (A poorly informed guess: Cameron, who now works for four avatars for 10 years after the original movie theaters, did not want to be caught with flat legs despite what he says he does not want to emit light second movie too soon.) Nevertheless, it's a shame, especially given that the film is about to fail – and perhaps there will never be such a sequel.
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