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In a nutshell, Alita is a hyper-violent dystopian cyberpunk version of Pinocchio with a dash of Rollerball thrown into the mix — James Cameron’s been talking about turning it into the movie for over a decade, and now it’s in the capable hands of Robert Rodriguez. Hopefully, this is more in line with Sin City than Shark Boy and Lava Girl, but if nothing else, it’s using a lot of the tech that Cameron developed for Avatar, so it’s undoubtedly going to look cool.
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Hardcore fans already know what they’re in for, but if you’re curious, watch our trailer breakdown above for a quick crash course in what’s bound to be one of next summer’s strangest blockbusters. Or, read on for the text version of our analysis, complete with timecode!
00:03 – The trailer opens with a shot of the movie’s titular heroine, Alita, complete with CGI anime eyes, played by Rosa Salazar. Alita’s an android, who is found and brought back to life by cyborg bounty-hunter/scientist Daisuke Ido, played in the film by Christoph Waltz. You can see him here with Nurse Gerhard, played by Idara Victor. She seems to be a new character, though it’s possible she’s based on Kayna from the comics.
00:12 – Alita takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian city called Scrapyard, which is directly below a floating utopia known as Tiphares in the comic, and Salem in the anime — the people of Junkheap live off of Tiphares’ refuse and leftovers.
00:35 – Alita is one of those leftovers, and after Ido finds her in scrap pile with no arms or legs, he gives her some new ones, seen here.
00:49 – Here’s Alita hanging out with local teen ruffian Hugo, played by Kenan Johnson. He’ll be her main love interest.
00:52 – And then there’s Ed Skrein as Zapan, one of the many cyborg bad guys Alita will inevitably go up against.
00:59 – The big bad will most likely be Children, played by Jennifer Connelly, a cyberphysician from Tiphares who used to be partners with Ido.
01:01 – And then there’s Vector, played by Mahersala Ali, who’s a businessman in Scrapyard who has a hand in all sorts of shady cyborg politics.
01:13 – Speaking of cyborgs, here’s Alita throwing down with one who looks a bit like Makaku from the manga, but is most likely the new character McTeague, played by Jeff Fahey.
01:14 – Here’s Alita giving her heart to Hugo, literally. Amidst all the dystopia and cyborg stuff, Alita has some very tender moments, so it’ll be interesting to see how the film finds a balance.
01:20 – Anyway, here’s a rival cyborg with cool knife-hands, who appears to be Elle Lamont. IMDb credits her as Screwhead, which wasn’t a specific character in the comics but a type of cyborg body. Either way, knife hands are cool.
01:23 – Finally, we get a shot of Alita and Zapan going at it, and that’s the important takeaway here: This movie will have cyborgs beating the crap out of each other, which, really, is the big selling point.
Are you onboard for Alita, or are those eyes too weird? Let us know in the comments along with anything we might’ve missed. Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters next July.
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