Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Web (1 ep x 74 min)
3.427 out of 5 from 630 votes
Rank #7,258

On the planet Latimar, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

Source: Netflix

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Netflix original anime are either hit or miss. I liked the concept of Altered Carbon (live action), but couldn't make time to start watching it. So when I found out Altered Carbon Resleeved is going to be a movie, I decided to give it a try.  Every human can now store their consciousness into a small device called Stack. And these stacks can be inserted into any human body, enabling a person to switch their bodies and effectively being able to live for as many years as they wish. Such a promising premise. It follows the story of one Holly Togram who is on the run from a yakuza gang which she's apparently a part of, due to the fear of being attacked. She runs into Gena and Takeshi who end up teaming up with her to investigate the Yakuza.  What follows is a pretty standard action flick with proper exposition, bit of drama and very good fight scenes. The CG animation feels somewhat jarring, mostly because I personally am used to watching 2D anime so much that it's become my comfort zone. There is definitely bad CG out there, but AC:R doesn't really qualify for bad. Just unusual. The realistic character designs may be a part of why it feels eerie too. That said the story and direction were handled properly. There isn't a scene that feels dragged out. The action is superb. Really puts that CG to good use actually. There are some attempts at comedy moments but the setting and tone of the movie makes them look out of place. They could have just not tried being funny.  I must point out the somewhat weak ending though. What followed after the boss fight left me with a few questions. Namely: What was Holly's parents' connection to the Yakuza? Why did "Shinji" have their stacks on him all the time and why did he break them at the last moment? What's the past behind Gena and Takeshi? These "open ends" made me wish the movie was a bit longer so we could get a closure in their stories. To end this piece of review, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes action and doesn't really mind realistic CG animation. It's not really great, but you don't always have to watch "great" things to enjoy them. 

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