I have to admit, I was on the fence about going to this movie. We've hardly seen any movies in the theater since leaving the states, usually because of transportation and cost, and I wasn't sure this one was worth it. However, we've found a local-ish theater that gives a discount on Sunday nights...so we are going to indulge for the remainder of our time in Street. Once we realized this movie was out in the UK but not in the US yet...we decided to check it out so we could give our readers a heads up on what to expect with this one!
The story is set in the far future, 2500-something, and takes place 300 years after "the fall" - a war in which the floating cities were destroyed. One floating city remains, Zolum, but our heroes and characters in this story live in the city below Zolum. The city below is crowded, dirty, and rough - and inhabited by humans, robots, and cyborgs. We follow Dr. Dyson Ido as he finds a cyborg in the dump, realizes she is still technically alive and brings her back to life. From there we follow the story of this cyborg, Alita, as she tries to learn who she is and what her purpose is in life.
If my summary sounds kind of clunky, well, the story is too. The game "Motorball" plays a big role in the story without much explanation, and Jennifer Connelly has a feature role (and I'm pretty sure she might be an actual cyborg because that woman does not age.) Bits and pieces of the world and its history are revealed, yet not as much as I would have liked. Yet what was revealed was intriguing, leaving me wanting to know more. The whole movie left the possibility wide open for a sequel (or a series) and I would watch those if they came out so that tells you something.
If you are looking for a fun action movie with a bit of a story and some decent character development, with lots of fantastical, futuristic fight scenes, you'll enjoy this one. It has a good bit of heart, as well. All in all, it's a fun "popcorn" movie and I'm glad we ventured out on English roads after dark to catch this one.