Alita: Battle Angel review – lovestruck tweenies do battle in robot dystopia

Rosa Salazar stars as a cyborg killing machine brought back to life in Robert Rodriguez’s oddly tame postapocalyptic future

Robert Rodriguez has lately been a purveyor of grindhouse-homage laughs with his Machete franchise, and jaded 2D thrills in the Sin City movies. Now he’s in charge of something more conventional and colossal, co-written and co-produced by James Cameron. It’s a coming-of-age melodrama about young love in the postapocalyptic future, centring on a young woman called Alita with “the face of an angel and a body built for battle”, and involving plenty of human-slash-cyborg martial arts.

The entertainment has been scavenged together from the body parts of other movies such as Blade Runner, RoboCop, Rollerball and of course Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, although that last one is now so deeply in the bloodstream of the futurist genre that identifying it as an influence is beside the point.

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