Alita: Battle Angel Gets an Intriguing First Trailer

Since 2000, James Cameron has been circling the Battle Angel Alita (the title of the popular Manga) project, and was supposed to film the movie back in 2005 before Avatar consumed all of his attention.  The project stalled for nearly a decade before Robert Rodriguez was hired to direct the film, and now…we finally get to see some of it in action.  The first trailer arrived today, and it definitely grabs your attention: 



To be honest, I have absolutely no knowledge of the source material, so I can’t say much about that aspect.  From what I see, however, I’m incredibly eager to check out more.  The slow soundtrack and focus on the emotional side of things provides an interesting contrast to the cyberpunk/dystopian background and Heavy Metal style action.  I’ve watched it a few times now, and despite working on a few other things…I can’t stop thinking about it.  Color me intrigued.  

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic.  When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in.  Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first.  As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories.  A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships.  It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives. 

Alita: Battle Angel arrives in theaters on July 20, 2018.