Altered Carbon Review

Altered Carbon Review

One of the series i was excited for this year was Altered Carbon (series that seems to be most expensive to date even surpassing Game Of Thrones) based on a novel trilogy by Richard K. Morgan adapted by Netflix. Knowing this was going to be Cyberpunk i was very excited, since im big fan of the genre and i still remember how much i was into Dark Angel when it came out almost 20 years ago, we’ve come long way since then when it comes to CGI, effects and way things are filmed.

In the future, people’s consciousnesses are contained in what are called “stacks”, storage devices attached to the back of a person’s neck. Physical bodies are turned into what’s called “sleeves”, mere disposable vessels. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a violent mercenary, wakes up 250 years after his sleeve is killed, and he’s given the choice to either spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes, or help solve the murder of the wealthiest man in the world.

So how does Altered Carbon fare in world of Cyberpunk Universes? Well… It’s lot less “Near future” compared to lot of other cyberpunk pieces which take place few decades to future. Usually themes surround around High tech low life, where majority of population is living on depraved circumstances in smoke streets, surrounded by Drugs/Prostitution/Violence while the rich live in skies pretty much.

Altered Carbon is very aesthetic when it comes to its surroundings and really looks like an interesting world unlike Blade Runner 2049, which seemed low budget when it came to showing the world. The CGI and effects are true marvel to look at and cities/locations look just amazing.

When it comes to the story and characters it might take some time to grow into it. I think the story meets todays standards, i think the surreal soundtrack on back it would’ve made more impactful conversations between characters and maybe bit more emotion would’ve been fine.

Characters especially Poe grow on you and Joel Kinnaman (Lead actor) has bit of Alexandar Skarsgard feel to him which i dig – some of his writing is good and some of the one-liners are hit or miss. Obviously big fan of Dichen Lachman so seeing her is a big bonus.

Overall Altered Carbon is great show and it really takes limits of TV further. I shall anticipate Season 2 order from Netflix.

Great Stuff

  • The World & Effects are very aesthetic
  • Poe is a great Side character
  • Action scenes are pretty good and there is no lack of it
  • The series doesn’t shy away from sexuality & nudity
  • Dichen Lachman

Bad Stuff

  • Had higher expectations for theme song
  • Could have used a better composer and less existing licensed music
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