Robert Rodriguez resurrects Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez’s new live-action/CGI movie, based on the first four manga of Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm (“Gun Dream”), promises to be a technodweebie’s fantasy come true. Combining CGI, blood, and Japanese cultural references all wrapped up in an action-packed James Cameron (Avatar) flick, who wouldn’t want to watch this movie?


Barring a few minor American-style tweaks to the original manga, the story is about a discarded cyborg who is discovered in a trash heap and rehabilitated by a cybernetic expert. She lives in a city called Scrapyard, where she takes her place as a bounty hunter in the war between the surface dwellers and the denizens of the underground. The story arc is reminiscent of Pinocchio and his Hero’s Journey. Borne from found objects, they’re both released into the wild and tasked with the mission to find out what it means to be “human”. Alita’s essentially a clean slate, save for some skills left over from her past life on Mars, namely her innate mastery of the Panzer Kunst (German for “armored art”) martial arts, but she doesn’t remember anything from that time. Unlike Pinocchio, though, there’s bound to be plenty of blood in Robert Rodriguez’s version.

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez is the genius behind such gems as the Grindhouse movies, those movies that hearken back to the drive-in days, the ones that encapsulate an era where cheesy one-liners are met with sexy tube tops and legs fitted with AK-47s. He also wrote, directed, and produced the Spy Kids, Sin City, and Machete franchises, along with cult classics Once Upon a Time in Mexico and From Dusk Till Dawn.

I haven’t read Yukito Kishiro’s books, but I am a manga and overall comic book fan and I have never seen a Robert Rodriguez movie I didn’t like, so I’m expecting Alita: Battle Angel will be pretty decent as far as remakes go.

Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled to hit theaters on July 30, 2018. We might review it, so stay tuned in a year or so and we’ll let you know how that goes!


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