Altered Carbon
Available on Netflix
In ALTERED CARBON, by the year 2384, people can live forever. A person's soul is digitized into a metal disc (a "stack"), which is then placed into a vacated body (a "sleeve"). Takeshi Kovacs, a Japanese-Slovakian mercenary who has been unconscious for 250 years, wakes up in the body of a former policeman (Joel Kinnaman). He immediately finds himself under surveillance by policewoman Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda), who is suspicious of Kovacs' reappearance. Kovacs lives in San Francisco, now called Bay City, a dystopia populated by gun runners, drug dealers, and various houses of ill repute. Wealthy citizens choose to live in the sky, above the cloud cover, where Kovacs is brought to meet the richest man in the world, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy). Someone has murdered Bancroft by destroying his stack, which is the only way a person can truly die in this world. Fortunately, Bancroft is one of the only people alive who was able to afford a backup stack. So, though he's able to go on living, he has no memory of the details of the murder or who killed him. He hires Kovacs to find the killer.