Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel

Before you dive into this very insightful review, please be advised that it might contain a couple of spoilers, so proceed at your own risk. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. Alita who wakens in a post-apocalyptic world where she must learn who she truly is while navigating a world of injustice.

The movie presents a strong Christian worldview with many themes that align with the Bible. For example, the movie’s references to “the fall” stress the corruption of power and sin. At one point, Alita says, “I will not stand by in the presence of evil.” At another point, she and Hugo hide in an abandoned church and find protection. Also, in one scene, the villain, Vector, says, “I’d rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.” His comment echoes Satan’s comment in John Milton’s classic Christian poem PARADISE LOST. ALITA also touches on the idea of indulgences or buying your way into heaven. For example, in the story, different characters are trying to buy their way into Zalem, the sky city. Eventually, Dr. Ido’s wife sees the error of her greed and desires to be different.

On top of all the allegorical messages it presents, Alita is actually a fantastic movie to watch. With striking special effects and exciting action, it leaves you on the edge of your seat while presenting some important life and spiritual lessons. However the movie contains light foul language and its action sequences are classified as strong violence and is not suitable for children.


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