Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' is a cautionary tale for our times

What would you do if you could live forever? In Netflix's Altered Carbon, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan, humanity has evolved past the arbitrary expiration of the physical form. Centuries into the future, our essence is encased in a small disk and the rich wear bodies like seasonal fashion. If it sounds unnerving, it's meant to be; According to the cast, this is a deliberately cautionary tale.

"Our society is so geared on trying to be young forever, and is afraid of aging and ultimately afraid of dying," Joel Kinnaman said at a Netflix press junket. "I think Altered Carbon kind of states that the essence of being human is our mortality, and that if we give up our mortality then we also lose our humanity." Read more...

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