Upgrade

 (7,618)7.51 h 39 min2018X-RayR
HD. A man is given the ultimate chance for revenge against the thugs who murdered his wife and left him paralyzed: an A.I. implant.
Directors
Leigh Whannell
Starring
Logan Marshall-GreenBetty GabrielHarrison Gilbertson
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Science Fiction
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English [CC]
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Jason BlumKylie du Fresne
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Universal Pictures
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4.5 out of 5 stars

7618 global ratings

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The Hanged ManReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't See A Single Advert For This, Never Knew It Was Even Released. Shame, It Was Great!
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Decided to give this a shot, when someone randomly tweeted the trailer at me. I love cyberpunk dystopian sci-fi and this looked like it was inspired by the likes of Robocop, Johnny Mnemonic, Shadow Run and Cyberpunk 77. Seems it was never out in my area and I didn't even know it existed until today, which sucks, because this was quite a fun watch. Can you see the twist coming if you've ever read or watched or played cyberpunk fiction? Well, yeah. Did it matter? No. Very few films have actually surprising endings.

It was well acted, with some great choreography, cool color palette and slick cinematography, a tight script and fast pacing, with just the right amount of body horror not to make me want to turn it off in disgust. I was shocked by the lead's performance, seeing as he was an unbearable charisma black hole in Prometheus. Here, he's funny, relatable and believable as an ordinary man thrust into a nightmare scenario. His co-star was an excellent foil, as well. The setting is ripe for more movies or a better yet, a TV series, especially with an online service that can ignore ratings restrictions, exploring the beginnings of a new sci-fi dystopia before it turns into something like Mega City One.

Speaking of Dredd (one of my favorite movies), this feels like yet another case of the producers/distributors not knowing what they had or how to market it properly, which is a real shame. So many complete dumpster fires get $100 million ad budgets and break wide, while genuine entertainment gets peanuts and splats at the box office. Ignore the one star reviews. I already ordered the bluray. Watch and enjoy.
142 people found this helpful
JosiahReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well-Done Transhumanist Propaganda
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“Upgrade” is a well-done sci-fi action movie with a simple message: relax and let Cortana in. I’ll try not to spoil the story. But it’s about a blue-collarish car dude who doesn’t trust invasive tech. He gets turned into a cabbage the night his rich programmer wife is murdered in front of him. The movie then dwells on how miserable his life is as a helpless quadriplegic, then how - with the simple insertion of an AI interface into his spine - he quickly becomes an unstoppable, badass revenge machine. Every man’s deepest fears and fantasies in one cool CGI fairytale. It’s way better than “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp and not nearly as flashy as say “Iron Man”. But the message is the same: flesh is weak; let technology make you a god!... I’m absolutely sure that droves of people will someday swallow this fishy-smelling pill without blinking an enhanced eye. Actually, by the time the credits roll (even with the ambivalent ending) it’s hard not to yearn for one’s very own “upgrade”… I’m obviously not buying into it… But I am looking forward to a sequel. This is one great propaganda piece, and it’s entertaining as hell!
95 people found this helpful
MReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Normally I dismiss all 5-star reviews, but in this case it’s actually deserved.
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*No spoilers here*
Quite a few reviews complain about the ending of this film, but all I could do at the finish was marvel at how perfect this movie was. An obvious comment on how we’re allowing ourselves to be a little too automated as we evolve technologically, this is a great suspenseful story. A gear-head, sort of anti-tech, “old school” (literally in this sense) guy is critically injured in what seems to be a hit on his wife. An associate, who also happens to be the mega-genius/owner of a biotech company, offers him a chance to get his life back by taking part in a procedure that “installs” a synaptic communication tech in his spine…. And the fun begins from there.
This is an emotionally compelling story, showing you the absolute love and happiness that he and his wife share at the beginning of the film, his passion for technology that still requires US to be involved, the sorrow of losing his wife and becoming a helpless quadriplegic, and the spectrum of emotions he goes through as he regains his body and seeks out the truth. This is a sci-fi, cyber punk, detective, thriller, action flick. And while the twists can be obvious if you try and delve into what may be going on, trust me when I say it’s worth the ride to just shut off your brain and enjoy everything Stem has to show you.
49 people found this helpful
Terry R. NyeReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
very clever story and enjoyable movie
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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. Grey Trace and his wife are attacked by thugs. His wife is killed, and Grey is mortally injured and left for dead. He is found and taken to a hospital for care. He has a lengthy hospital stay but is left quadriplegic and unable to do anything for himself. His mother helps him, and his home has some futuristic gadgetry to assist him. He becomes despondent and attempts suicide by a drug overdose but is again rescued. But then he is offered the opportunity by an eccentric inventor to undergo an experimental surgery to implant a special computer chip called STEM that can take over his peripheral nervous system and enable him to regain his physical abilities, but he must never tell anyone about it. Grey finds STEM not only restores his physical function but enables him to greatly exceed his normal abilities when controlled by STEM. His newfound abilities enable him to pursue and seek revenge on those who attacked him and killed his wife. But as time goes on, Grey discovers he has far less control of his abilities than he thought.

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. This is not just a violent revenge movie. It will leave you wondering how much power and control you want computers to have. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those who like futuristic science fiction movies with villains, action, and the menace of artificial intelligence will also likely enjoy it, too.
39 people found this helpful
KaboodleReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
fantastic and fantastical!!!
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don't miss this "sci-fi"...closer to-reality-than-you-think film, by the extraordinary writer/ director LEIGH WHANNELL. An exceptional story, with some of the most "exclaiming out loud" sequences I have seen in a film!
31 people found this helpful
MsTerryReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Minor tiny spoiler, maybe not even a spoiler, objective review
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Um. OK. um. I don't quite know what to say. I wasn't sure whether to give 1 star or 3 stars. Here goes:
1. Acting: Bad, you guys. Bad. So so bad.
2. Writing: Bad bad bad bad. I can't ...
3. Someone said this was SJW / Feminist: Now THAT I really don't get. It's all flat men, with one flat black woman cop (ya know - fit ya diversity into one person, efficient) - .. I don't think it's ANYthing really.. maybe that's the problem.
4. Plot: SPOILER: The thing can talk to him without a mouth, but can only hear him when he speaks out loud? um. Willing suspension just became unwilling.
5. The only PLUS! This movie has a sort of ... entertainment value - almost (but not quite) funny in its cliche-ridden B-movie feeling (oh, the plastic neon sets! be still my heart) - You don't have to invest anything to have it running while you multi-task.

Sooooo.
Honestly NOT sure where all the positive 5-star reviews are coming from.
I opted for 1 star. But yOU decide!
9 people found this helpful
NickReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pacing, audio and main character are on point.
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Talk about a movie where the creators know the power of editing. They squeezed a whole lot in 90 minutes, and it's for the better. Any longer and you'll end up thinking critically about the plot and then it's just gonna fall apart from there. The movie takes a lot from some of my favorite scifi films like Ex Machina and Blade Runner, but injects visceral action you might find from movies like The Matrix, with the gore of a Robocop. Just like Moon, the movie really hangs on our main character's charisma and his robot companions voicework, and it works quite well.

The music is dope, the camera work is tight, the action is ruthless and fun. The message in the film is too simplistic however, and I'm still waiting for a film about A.I. that actually takes a nuanced look at our augmented future. It really just served as a vehicle for some great action and shock value in an age of distrust in our technology megacorps like Google and Apple.

I highly recommend for fans of these types of films.
11 people found this helpful
RichReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
This Movie Will Give You Mixed Feelings By The End
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I can't decide if I liked this movie or not and that's why I could only gave it 3 stars. This movie kept me wondering what was going to happen next and on the edge of my seat, but once again the ending is either really good or just really bad and I'm having a hard time deciding. If they make a sequel, I think I would say the ending was good, but if they don't, I would probably say the ending killed this movie like most movies these days. I thought the fight scenes were really cool and well done. The dark, gritty, futuristic, sci-fi theme to this movie was done really good and it was nice that there were a lot of things I didn't see coming, but I would say rent before you buy and then decide.
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