A while back, the first trailer for Netflix's Altered Carbon came along and got everyone very excited. Why wouldn't they be? Altered Carbon's a grungy, dark, futuristic noir jam, and Netflix has a pretty solid track record when it comes to genre programming. The audience is definitely there for it.
Me, I dragged my feet on getting excited, because the thing I kept hearing was that Altered Carbon looked "a lot like Blade Runner!" If you've been around long enough, you've learned to be very suspicious of things that are "a lot like Blade Runner!", which is largely why I didn't bother watching that first trailer.
Now there's this one, and I have no choice but to watch it because I've been tasked with writing this post.
Let's take a look.
Alright, first of all, yeah: I see where the Blade Runner comparisons are coming from - the similarities are all over the place. However, setting that (and, yes, some other plainly derivative aspects) aside, this looks like it could be fun. It's cetainly pretty! Also, I'm granting bonus points for using a relatively obscure Nine Inch Nails song in the trailer. Unfair? Maybe, but I'm the one writing the post.
So, what's it all about? Here's the plot synopsis:
"Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future."
That's vague, but we'll take it. Let's also check out this poster:
OK, even the poster strikes me as derivative, but again: this could be solid, and I'll give Altered Carbon a whirl when it hits Netflix on February 2nd. How 'bout you folks?