Upgrade

Upgrade

Upgrade

Violent, near-future sci-fi from writer-director Leigh Whannell (co-writer of the Saw and Insidious series). Grey (Logan Marshall-Green, The Invitation) is a quadriplegic given a new lease on life by an experimental computer chip implant that helps manoeuvre his body. As Grey sets out to avenge his wife's murder, he discovers the Stem implant gives him new abilities - but at the cost of complete control of his actions. Midnighters audience award-winner at SXSW 2018.

2018Rating: MA15+, Strong science fiction themes and violence100 minsAustralia
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Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

A gleeful cyberpunk action thriller with both old-school charm and a contemporary feel, this is a premium example of a filmmaker keeping their ambitions restrained and nailing their targets with gusto. Upgrade doesn't really try anything new, but it delivers a hell of a lot of thrills as an R-rated romp that's refreshingly standalone, not trying to set up any sequels.

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Variety

Variety

A compact sci-fi action B-movie that wants to be a hip little genre exercise but doesn't have the chops (or maybe it's just the imagination) to entirely pull it off.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie manages to be pretty funny; and the grisliness of the action, while in a sense entirely deplorable, adds to the kicks.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

While Whannell wrestles with warring desires to fret over the inevitable techno-oblivion towards which we're currently hurtling or have a laugh about it all, that conflict manifests in a disappointing tonal clash...

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Stuff

Stuff

And yet, for... the very occasional clumsiness in its execution, Australian director Leigh Whannell (co-creator of the Saw franchise) has incredibly managed to fashion a heap of gruesome fun, with a script and action that feels fresh and exhilarating.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Resistance is futile. High-grade grindhouse glee is your reward.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

If "Upgrade" ultimately plays like a genre exercise, it's certainly a taut, engrossing one.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

One wishes that some of the inventiveness of its set pieces and throwaway flourishes could've made their way into the main narrative, which is a too-familiar drag.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A fast-paced, inventive thrill ride.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...the wild, anarchic creativity of DTV SF permeates Upgrade, only it's sheathed in the concerns of today, not mired in the cultural extrapolations of a few decades back.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

As a movie, it's the cinematic equivalent of paint-by-numbers: competent, attractive even, but take a single step closer and the lines peek through.

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