I knew that I was going to watch Altered Carbon, the moment that I saw the trailer for it. It looked funny, interesting and thought-provoking, not to mention super futuristic.So I hibernated inside one weekend with the sole intention of binge watching it all, and I did. Here’s what I thought:
Firstly, I loved how the series really got the audience to really engage with and root for the characters involved. A lot of times with series, there will be characters who seem like they’ve been added to the series for no reason whatsoever. These characters don’t evolve and often I find myself questioning why they’re even there in the first place. However, this was not the case in Altered Carbon as all the characters gave something to the series. Not to mention, the performances from the actors themselves which were all pretty amazing, my favourites being Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi and Chris Conner as Poe. The latter being my, hands down, absolute favourite of the series.
Furthermore, the universe that the series takes place in was very well realised. Over the course of the 10 episode, the audience were introduced to a complicated, controversial cruel yet captivating universe that was both awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time. Certain other Netflix films (cough *Bright* cough) look and learn from this.
My only negative would have to be centred on the last two episode which I think is where the plot began to unravel slightly or it got too complicated for me to fully follow what had happened, what was going to happen and why it was going to happen. Truthfully, the plot line surrounding Dichen Lachman’s character ‘Reileen’ confused me. I just couldn’t really come to terms with her motives and as a consequence, she was my least favourite character of the series. Though, admitedly she was still a badass.
To conclude, Altered Carbon was pretty awesome series that allowed me to explore a new brutal yet absolutely fascinating futuristic world. What’s more, the audience got to explore this world with some pretty cool multi-faceted characters. If I had to give a rating it would be 8/10.
Have you seen Altered Carbon? What did you think?
Featured Image taken from Wired.com