Upgrade (2018)

This film is pleasing to the eyes. It presents a futuristic look at American caste systems. One might be called “educated bitches” another might be called “uneducated trash.” These are terms used in the movie, not my appraisals. While it took about half the movie to get going, the action is there and its revenge horror at its best. I would’t call it an example of “body horror” but Wikipedia does so I guess I should too right?

Upgrade (2018)
R | 1h 40min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 June 2018 (USA)
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Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen

Leigh Whannell is the director and writer here. He is known for being the one who collaborated with James Wan to create “Saw.” It is a great film but I wouldn’t rank it as highly as with Saw. It takes a long time to get going and once it does, the revenge scenes are strewn here and there only and that left me wanting. This should have been a straight revenge horror but it gets caught up in a muddy storyline that is quite implausible. Still, it’s a horror/sci-fi and I’m in for that any day.

Logan Marshall Green plays a mechanic who does some custom work for a billionaire and hence gets invited to his house. He brings his girlfriend. After a terrible accident occurs and some street thugs attack them, his girlfriend dies and Marshal Green’s character becomes a quadriplegic. The billionaire offers him an “upgrade” to get his strength restored and amplified but he is expected to only follow the agenda of the billionaire. Marshall Green has something else on his mind, revenge.

I’m surprised Wikipedia labeled this body horror because there is very little of that here. In fact, I was shocked to see very little of anything relating to bionic surgeries and the like. It all occurs in one small chip inserted in his neck. It’s a futuristic sci-film that really would have been perfect had it focused on the revenge piece. Unfortunately it tries to have an over-arching story that is just too under-developed to get into. I did enjoy it, I give it a 6/10.

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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