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Altered Carbon 

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Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

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Laeta Kalogridis
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Chris Conner ...  Poe 18 episodes, 2018-2019
Renée Elise Goldsberry ...  Quellcrist Falconer 18 episodes, 2018-2019
Joel Kinnaman ...  Takeshi Kovacs 10 episodes, 2018
James Purefoy ...  Laurens Bancroft 10 episodes, 2018
Martha Higareda ...  Kristin Ortega 10 episodes, 2018
Dichen Lachman ...  Reileen Kawahara 10 episodes, 2018
Ato Essandoh ...  Vernon Elliot 10 episodes, 2018
Kristin Lehman ...  Miriam Bancroft 10 episodes, 2018
Trieu Tran ...  Mr. Leung 10 episodes, 2018
Anthony Mackie ...  Takeshi Kovacs 8 episodes, 2019
Torben Liebrecht ...  Colonel Ivan Carrera 8 episodes, 2019
Simone Missick ...  Trepp 8 episodes, 2019
James Saito ...  Tanaseda Hideki 8 episodes, 2019
Dina Shihabi ...  Dig 301 8 episodes, 2019
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ALTERED CARBON is set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness "re-sleeved" into new bodies. The story follows specially trained "Envoy" soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who is downloaded from an off-world prison and into a combat ready sleeve at the behest of Laurens Bancroft, a highly influential aristocrat. Bancroft was killed, and the last automatic backup of his stack was made hours before his death, leaving him with no memory of who killed him and why. While police ruled it a suicide, Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth.

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No body lives forever.


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2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Joel Kinnaman said this is the most physically demanding role of his career. Kinnaman said it was his ambition to raise the bar for himself in terms of his physique and action scenes and take it to another level. So he trained for 3 to 5 hours daily for 6 months before filming began, working on various martial art routines to perfect his action sequences as well as bodybuilding, dieting and training in the gym to achieve the right aesthetic shape for his body. Kinnaman ended up achieving his best ever physique for the role packing on a lot of muscle for a sculpted intimidating appearance along with highly shredded six-pack abs to show during his numerous shirtless scenes. Kinnaman revealed that this show was more physically demanding than an action movie because for a movie he has to train for a couple of months and shoot his shirtless scenes in a couple of days and that's it. For this show he trained for six months and had to keep his physical shape throughout the lengthy 10 month shoot as he had to appear shirtless in almost every episode. See more »

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A Well Done Adaptation Worthy Of Multiple Seasons
2 February 2018 | by iNickRSee all my reviews

Altered Carbon, in short, is set in the future where your inner-self, your awareness, everything that makes you, you, is digitized, stored and given a new body for the right price.

Prisoner Takeshi Kovacs (a ripped Joel Kinnaman), is serving an indefinite sentence for a capital crime he claims he did not commit. Lying in a state of complete inertia for 250 years, he is awakened and purchased by wealthy businessman Laurens Bancroft (an awesomely creepy James Purefoy). Kovacs is promised a new lease on life, with a complete pardon for his crimes, if he can catch a killer. Bancroft's killer, in fact. Sound trippy? It is. In this future, one never really dies if one can afford to buy a new "sleeve", as it's called, or a body. One's consciousness, memories and all, can be stored and moved to a new sleeve should they face an expected and/or premature death. So in this world, one can be sixty-seven years old and look like a teenager, or they can have their mindfulness put into a body of their choosing - an enemy, perhaps, or even someone of a different gender or race. However, this "live, die, repeat" foolishness is under threat of being destroyed by a group who will undoubtedly surprise you.

Each episode is packed with valuable information that will slowly unravel the complex story. It's told through present tense and by Kovacs's flashbacks; it's as layered as an over-sized onion. There is mind-bending plot twists and mind-blowing CGI worthy of a $200 million blockbuster. It's well written, well directed, swell shot. Netflix's first sortie into an original Sci-Fi series will leave you wanting more. I binge-raced through this one, because I had to. Altered Carbon is another addictive show and well worth the 3:00am wake up call to be among the first to see it on day one.

Two things you'll LIKE about Altered Carbon: 1) The action and fight choreography is awesome. 2) It's got a great eerie soundtrack and includes an excellent version of a Rob Zombie song. Can you guess which one before you hear it?

Two things you'll DISLIKE: 1) You may feel like you have to take a break after the 5th episode because there is so much information to absorb. 2) You'll have to wait at least a year for Season 2.


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