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100 WORD FILM REVIEWS / Alita: Battle Angel

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Image copyright 20th Century Fox

Image copyright 20th Century Fox

Appropriately for an action flick about a cyborg, Alita feels cobbled together from spare parts of blockbusters past, but what the film lacks in originality it makes up for in heart - like, seriously, this girl’s heart is a fairly major plot point. Alita’s facial effects may reside in the uncanny valley, but the action is fast and elegantly choreographed (if choreographed is the right word for something this CGI-heavy). Director Robert Rodriguez may or may not get the franchise he’s pushing, but he’s at least delivered what might be the most purely entertaining film of his career.

Matt Guerrero, Film Editor