Not man. Not machine. More.
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.
- Bay Of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Nelson-Tasman Bay
- Taupo-Central Plateau
- West Coast
- Leigh Whannell('Insidious: Chapter 3')
Action, Science Fiction
Rating: R16 Graphic violence, horror, offensive language & content that may disturb
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.
One of the finest achievements is making what was presumably a relatively low budget punch well above its weight, effects-wise. The near-future setting and all its ultra-high-tech bits and pieces are brought to life with a brilliant mix of digital and practical effects. Nothing looks fake. It’s not a film chock-full of gore, but when the violent stuff comes, writer/director Leigh Whannell’s pedigree as co-creator of Saw becomes delightfully clear.
He’s clearly channelling a few classics here – think RoboCop meets Universal Soldier meets The Lawnmower Man, in a Blade Runner-esque setting and with a story that plays like a Death Wish sequel. No, Upgrade isn’t likely to develop a cult following as strong as those films, but fans of them will be doing themselves a big favour by checking out this new kid on the block.
While a pulpy movie like this doesn’t need a ground-breaking narrative to succeed, the storyline is where Upgrade disappoints a little. It’s all fairly predictable and ties things up too nicely, with an ending less interesting than what the preceding film could have led to.
There’s also an odd tonal mix as it sometimes takes itself seriously in sombre scenes, while others go for slapstick comedy and there are horror elements thrown in, too. Somehow, it mostly all works and it’s easy to see why this won the Midnighters audience award at SXSW – watching it in a packed cinema with a hyped-up crowd is pure joy.
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Charles Bronson snorts coke off a Black Mirror ( I'm not even trying now)
Nice n' moody action joyride with brilliant sound design and camera work. With every a high comes a sudden crash though thanks to the sort of reverse-cookie-crumble-plot-twist ending usually reserved for the Saw movies (explanatory flashbacks even) Though much better than SOLO: a Star Wars story ...I should've given that one a 2/5
"We can make you Better"... OUCH !!
Mixing amazing Ninja fight scenes, whilst laughing?? In a Love Story.... I did think I was at Deadpool II .a couple of times.. !!! That's a great thing. Congrats to Hugh @ Hollywood & Flicks for the AWESOME movie !! :) It wasn't perfect, that is Never the goal of making a movie. As a night out with my honey it was fan bloody tastic :)
Fun action sci-fi film
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Enough humour, action and gore to keep to entertained from start to finish.
Overall an enjoyable film, some really interesting new ideas and well presented. It's just a shame they relied on the dead wife trope, that was really disappointing. Logan Marshall-Green was great though.
Went in expecting an action packed concept with present future vibes, but we received a well thought out, very well carried out movie with a solid future aspect and clever attention to detail. really impressed. Great work!
I absolutely loved it
A brilliant insite into what the future could bring. A very thought provoking movie which kept you guessing right until the end.
Thought provoking and darkly funny
I wasn't sure what to expect from this but was quite surprised. Dark humour and thought provoking themes with a good smattering of violent mayhem. The fight scenes are fantastic and the acting is top notch. Sci Fi fans must see.
Another cautionary tale about technology taking over humanity. In this case, it's our bodies. The execution is really good, and the performances are great. BH nailed it this time. No more Truth or Dare's, please!
I had low expectations of this film, and was more than pleasantly surprised - I really enjoyed this movie . I thought I knew what was going on and I totally wrong and that does not happen very often.
Twists and a shock ending
Great movie that takes the viewer through some unexpected twists and turns, ending is one of the best twists I have seen for a while. A must see