Verdict: A masterful display of brilliant filmmaking and technical craftsmanship.

Knowing that two of the most visionary filmmakers in Hollywood would be coming together to bring one of the most renowned Japanese mangas to the big screen was more than enough to get us reeling in excitement for Alita: Battle Angel. Produced by James Cameron, the mastermind behind Avatar, this cyberpunk action film sees Sin City‘s Robert Rodriguez stepping in as director to bring us the on-screen adaptation of the super-hit manga series by Yukito Kishiro.

What’s Alita: Battle Angel About:

It is the 26th century and Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) is making his rounds in a giant scrap yard when he comes across what’s left of a young and seemingly outdated female cyborg. Well-known for his ability to put people together, Iron City’s best doctor then goes on the rebuild her and names her Alita (Rosa Salazar). As Alita navigates through her new life in the Iron City with no memory of who she really is, Dr. Ido realizes that in the shell of the abandoned cyborg is a real young woman with an extraordinary past. While he tries to shield her from her mysterious history, Alita meets a street-smart boy named Hugo (Keean Johnson) who brings her face to face with her old self and the corrupt forces that run the city. With her unique fighting abilities and unknown powers, she could be the key to saving her friends, family, and the world that she’s grown to love.