Action


Alita: Battle Angel


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action
Runtime:
122 mins
Stars:
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Director:
Robert Rodriguez
Producer:
James Cameron, Jon Landau

Content at a Glance

1
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


kiss between a young man and a woman

Language


one "f***"; some use of "sh**", "bi***", "pi**", and "pri**"

Violence


action violence including punching, kicking, use of swords; human and cyborg blood; some athletic action; a dog is killed

Drugs


some characters drinking; sequence at a bar with background drinking

Nudity


protagonist's cyborg body not in full nude but could lead to implications

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

The Dove Take:

Alita settles for less than the film could actually be worth. It is rich in action, low in intelligence and authenticity, and adequate in entertainment.


Movie Message

The Synopsis

An action-packed story of one young woman's journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world

For a film occupying itself with themes of identity and true self, Alita: Battle Angel could afford to take a look at itself in the mirror. There is something classic in the film—beyond good and evil, beyond comic books and action and smashing things. Certain sights and sounds recall filmmaking pioneers such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis, from the grandiosity of the city (the evening sites are particularly noteworthy) to the concepts of everyday cyborgs and the greater corporate evils. Sadly, Alita gets too simplified with obvious do-gooding and a more athletic-related main storyline. Still, a curious sense of wonderment lingers throughout the film.

Said wonderment belongs to director Robert Rodriguez in credit, who does offer a light enough touch and dance in his step. Complaints aside, the film is largely watchable, and a spectacle for its visual effects and sound design in particular. The script even touches base with angels and demons—discussing them in place of terms like "good and evil." Still, the film too often feels like it doesn't want to take itself seriously; in the end, it could have completely cashed in on its potential, becoming the film it truly should have been.

The film does not receive Dove approval for its heavy action.

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