Altered Carbon: Resleeved is available on Netflix today, less than a month after Altered Carbon Season 2’s release. This is an anime-styled spin-off film following Takeshi Kovacs on a new mission a year after the events of Season 2. Without spoiling too much from the main series, I believe this is “younger” Takeshi.
The story is small compared to season one or two versions. Takeshi is hired to protect a young tattoo artists stuck in the middle of a power struggle of a Yakuza clan. The action picks up quickly and after a short premise explainer for those new to the Altered Carbon world. Overall the story feels almost too small for Takeshi. We’ve seen him save worlds, end species, and decide the future for humanity. Now we see him in a simply noir on a Tokyo themed planet. It was a good story that I enjoyed following, just expected more from Altered Universe.
The visuals are typically the most praised aspect of this film. I believe the best way to go about this assessment is to split the visuals between fight scenes and characters. The fight scenes are stunning. Fast-paced and smooth with flying shurikens and ninja fighting styles. The characters on the other hand, in my opinion, are terrible. I did watch a dubbed version but this almost Telltale animation made the mismatched voices so painfully awful that it at times pulled me out of the movie. The acting was often overdone or emotionless creating moments when I found myself questioning the director’s choices.
As I wrote this I became more and more upset by this film, but I do acknowledge that for an anime fan this might be an excellent fit. As an Altered Universe fan, I was left disappointed and missing the Anthony Mackie or Joel Kinnaman’s versions. Giving this film at C- and feel like you can skip it.
**Spoiler Notes: If you do skip this, the only development that might be used in the future is the revelation that Takeshi’s sister is still alive in a new sleeve.