How satisfying is it finally to have again a sci-fi movie heroine who can really kick some ass? The title character of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi action film Alita: Battle Angel is a cyborg — basically, a robot with a human brain and face — who has uncanny fighting abilities that allow her to take down fierce-looking fellow cyborgs 10 times her size.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the movie is mostly a great excuse for a series of thoroughly entertaining, CG-heavy action sequences, and Alita herself, with her giant eyes, is a fun cross between perky kitten and killer tiger. (Don’t mess with her dog!) The complexity of the backstory in this cyberpunk future, although more coherent than most FX extravaganzas, may be an impediment to mainstream success, but if you can’t wait to see whether Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will brighten your mood, give Alita a shot. Read the full review at ashevillemovies.com