With two powerhouse directors involved, Alita: Battle Angel should be a heavenly sci-fi blockbuster. Instead it’s a bland meander, an unengaging story that all the high-tech digital effects in the world can’t save.
Alita is an angelic cyborg who’s tumbled from a heavenly floating city in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron‘s adaptation of the 90s manga and anime. Little more than a head and a pair of oversized doe eyes, Alita is lucky enough to be found by a cybernetics expert who pops her neatly onto a new robotic body. She quickly attracts the attention of various villains in a teeming futuristic metropolis, but her luck holds out in a story that struggles to test or challenge our cybernetic star.