Altered Carbon

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Intriguing sci-fi idea undone by over-the-top violence, sex.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 16+

Stop missing forest for a tree

Many comments focus on the prolific violence and nudity/sexuality. It is there. But it has a purpose. This is a story about power and the corruption inherent in that power. It illustrates the corruption and debauchery that accompanies a society in which immortality is possible and thus, human life made less valuable. If one can be re-sleeved, than what is the body than just a piece of flesh, a commodity to be traded or destroyed with no real thought for the consequences? It's just meat. Or is it? What do we lose when we gain immortality? Our sense of respect for life? This message is especially apparent in the conversations between Kovacs and Falconer, who regrets having essentially invented the means for this social transformation. She wanted to explore the stars, but her invention has led to something much darker. What is the cost of immortality, to me, is the central and quite interesting question of this show. That said, this is a very adult show. I say 16+, because there are some mature 16 year olds. I read books like this. Not sure what the difference is between reading or seeing it, though again, not all are mature enough, or would understand the message beneath the graphic violence and nudity. Even some adults, it would appear, only see the nudity and violence miss the deeper message, thus miss the forest for the trees.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 18+

Gratuitous in ever way

Far too sexual for most to enjoy. The story could be great without all of the extra garbage.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

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