Director/writer Leigh Whannell presents a vision of a utopian future where technology is supremely ubiquitous. In that future, technophobe Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) embraces an experimental computer chip implant named STEM after a mugging incident leaves him paralyzed and his wife dead. STEM proves to possess its own agency, making for an unpredictable ally in Trace’s vendetta.~Augustine Chay
Fun, fast-paced sci-fi/action flick! Really enjoyed this! Has scenes of exceptionally graphic violence so, beware! Well-done action scenes! Interesting story! Great performances from actors! Certainly not a movie for children! Too bad this flick just flew under the radar. I don't think a lot of people have seen it, at least no one that I know and they should!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A SURPRISE HIT
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
This is one of the most underrated si-fi actions movie I’ve known. Received great reviews but yet still missed by many. Give it a try and you will see why ! A MUST SEE !!
Frightfully fun concept, intense action, twist end
This movie is actually amazing, reminded me a lot of Ex Machina, which was a super high tech future thriller with a rather horrific (in what it makes you think about) twist ending. Yes Upgrade has a major twist at the end that you never see coming, and it's freaky in the fact you can easily imagine some company doing exactly this with technology integrated into the human body one day.
Upgrade has been called in reviews 'the movie that Venom wanted to be' and I fully agree. The story is better, the violence and action is a lot more intense, you feel for the characters much more, and the ending as stated will blow your mind, no pun intended. For comparison, it's like if The Punisher met John Wick and Venom obviously, then had a super technological future dystopia baby of a movie. There's the guy you feel for and pull for getting quite justified revenge for the murder of his wife, and yet there's the twists which really will keep you amazed by the concept of the movie even after it's over.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Venom, but better.
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I very much enjoy this movie; it's dark, gritty, and nihilistic. Sure, if that's not your thing, you may not like it, but if you like Venom and thought the movie was severely lacking, Upgrade does a much better job of that story concept. Sure it's A.I. and not a 'symbiote' but the a,i. better reflects the villain (not anti-hero) approach the concept takes in the comic books. good movie, give it a go.
I don't remember how I stumbled up on this movie because I saw no advertisements. I happened to watch it at the theatre and was surprised at how good and unique is was.
A very good movie with not your typical ending and twists abound. I recommend adding this to your movie collection.
When I ordered this movie I was expecting a B-movie, something mediocre at best. But this movie was actually very good. The story line is unique. The story takes place in a future where very powerful and complex computers are commonplace. Like most science fiction movies, you have to suspend reality a bit to indulge the story. But the writing, acting, and action make it believable enough to be a very interesting and entertaining movie. The story keeps your interest, and there is plenty of action sprinkled here and there.
One of 2018's best films gets a bare bones blu-ray
This movie is magnificently fun and brilliantly directed and written by Leigh Whannell (SAW, INSIDIOUS). Sad to see it brought to blu-ray with zero special features. Also sad it didn't receive a 4K release. But this movie is so dang perfect and rewatchable that I can easily recommend the blu-ray just on those merits.
Just a heads up for cinephiles like me: redeem the digital code on itunes for a commentary track.