Altered Carbon: Resleeved movie review

Finally, Takeshi Kovacs speaking Japanese!

So, looks like the apocalypse is gonna happen after all, huh? For those of you who don’t know or who has been living under a rock or is Jared Leto who just came out of a meditation retreat, Earth is suffering from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is a pneumonia-like disease that has been infecting people all around the world. As I am writing this today, Malaysia has 1030 cases with 3 deaths in total. That’s fucked up!

To contain this disease from spreading, our government has issued a movement control order (MCO) which basically means we are to quarantine ourselves until 31st March. Because of that, everybody has to stay at home and not go out anywhere, meaning: no going to the cinema to watch movies.

But luckily for me, I got my Netflix subscription on and there are tons of new movies being released because of this self-quarantine action. And the first on my list is “Altered Carbon: Resleeved”.

“Altered Carbon: Resleeved” is a prequel to the Netflix exclusive series called “Altered Carbon” which already has two seasons up. Basically, humans have found a way to live forever in a chip called stacks where your characteristics (more like your soul) is stored in it. So, when you die, you get to move said your stack to another manufactured body and voila! You’re alive again, but in a different body.

I am a big fan of the series, so I was really looking forward to “Altered Carbon: Resleeved” when they surprise announced it a couple of weeks ago. The decision to make it into a Japanese animated movie worked quite well because directors Takeru Nakajima and Yoshiyuki Okada are given free range to do whatever live action can’t do. Action scenes are ultraviolent with blood spewing everywhere, ninjas (yes, there are ninjas) jumping about in illogical physics; it was an anime feast.

However, no matter how flashy “Altered Carbon: Resleeved” was, the plot of it was somewhat predictable, and in “Altered Carbon” standards, that is not a good thing. The Netflix series keeps you guessing about what the next big reveal is going to be, but as for this movie, you can kinda see it a mile away.

Although predictable, it sure did not detract from the visual feast that is “Altered Carbon: Resleeved”. Can this movie be the starting point for you to get into the series? Not really, no. I would suggest to head into season one straight on. But if you are an anime geek, this can be a leisurely pastime, especially in quarantine.

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