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heat_'s avatar


Much much better than expected. Mediocre start, nice ending!
11 months 3 weeks ago
conita_'s avatar


Good one, with a good finale [spoiler] it's nice to see that it doesn't ends well for the charachter and the bad guy wins [spoiler]
11 months 4 weeks ago
frankqb's avatar


A 1980s soundtrack coupled with a Black Mirror episode thrust into a Total Recall-esque plot (but for the physical body, rather than the mind) and schlocky bloody fights.

Damn. Where did this come from?

Great fun.

4 stars out of 5
2 years 5 months ago
ikkegoemikke's avatar



You’re the one doing it all.
You’re not a robot.

In my film review of the movie “The Hollow Child“, I started again with a plea about trailers and I summed up the reasons why I avoid them. I saw the trailer from “Upgrade” by chance at the beginning of this year. Believe me, I was ecstatic and enthusiastic. “I HAVE to see this movie“, I thought. There are trailers that look inviting and afterward, the film looks very disappointing. But “Upgrade” certainly doesn’t belong in this category. On the contrary. This is one of the best films of the year for me. An excellent SF provided with a wonderful concept and which gradually switches to a tough revenge film. For me, it was an exciting mix of “Robocop“, “John Wick” and “Demon Seed“. “Robocop” because of the cybernetic aspect. “John Wick” because of the extravagant violent part. And “Demon Seed” because of the overall moral of the whole story. A successful cocktail that results in a titillating film.

“Upgrade” tells the story of Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green), an old-skool-styled guy who is restoring old-fashioned Pontiacs and who’s horrified by everything that’s related to high-tech stuff. The evening Asha’s (Melanie Vallejo), his wife, fully automated design car malfunctions and crashes, they are being attacked by some violent gang. The result is a lifeless girlfriend and Gray having a shattered spine. And that’s when the millionaire Eron (Harrison Gilbertson) appears and presents his latest revolutionary chip STEM. An artificially intelligent microchip that functions as a superior brain so the paralyzed Grey can lead a normal life again. And even more.

When you’re able to watch this movie with the necessary skepticism and you don’t take it too seriously, then this B-movie styled, action-packed SF is a welcome change and a way to de-stress after a hard day’s work. The story itself can’t be called groundbreaking or original. It all seemed a bit too predictable even to me. There’s only one thing I hadn’t seen coming. And that’s the final twist. What a pleasant surprise that was.

And when you like neatly-filmed action scenes, then you’ll enjoy this flick as well. The confrontations in “Upgrade” are such that I gladly re-watched the same scene over and over again. Not because I enjoy seeing bloody, horrible scenes. But because the choreography looks extraordinarily good and in a certain way, they managed to provide it with the necessary humor. The tilting camera. Grey’s surprised face. And the way the bad guys are killed. It all looks damn perfect.

I can’t think of anything bad about the acting. Logan Marshal-Green knows amazingly well how to show different emotions. From helplessness to bewilderment and purely evil. The entire pallet of emotions is shown. And the opponents all look fearless and ruthless. Equipped with ingenious cyber-like assault weapons and futuristic deadly gadgets (even an innocent sneeze is deadly). The only thing I was annoyed about is Gray’s way of moving. Although he was told at the beginning that he wasn’t really a robot, his body moves like a purebred Robocop. But that’s the only remark I can think of. My advice is to go and see this highly entertaining cyberpunk SF as soon as you can. Just do it!

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2 years 10 months ago
MrDoog's avatar


Just happened upon this film and I really enjoyed. It reminded me of when I was a child in the 90s, switching a random movie on tv (which I knew nothing about) and being very pleasantly surprised.

Best sci/fi i've seen in the last few years. Entertaining, some originality and not laced with the usual idiocy and predictability we've come to expect from this type of movie.
2 years 10 months ago
lachyas's avatar


Now that's how it's done.
2 years 10 months ago
selcukgucer's avatar


good one!
2 years 10 months ago
252's avatar


Oh man, what a trip! Great acting, great choreo, great direction. Upgrayyedd!
2 years 10 months ago
Lilu Milcalova's avatar

Lilu Milcalova

I just love it the camera work was awesome, the story was fresh at least the end was, just one of the best this year.
2 years 10 months ago
Flops's avatar


Neat-o movie. Great camera work and fight choreography.
2 years 10 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Upgrade is on the face of it a cyberpunk techno-thiller, but gets into vigilante territory fast enough that I might call it an oddball superhero movie instead. Whatever its DNA, it stars Tom Hardy lookalike Logan Marshall-Green as a man who must deal with a confrontation with criminals that leaves his wife dead and himself a quadriplegic. This is the future, so he's offered a cure, a chip that will restore his mobility so he can hunt down the perpetrators. Of course, the chip may have ideas of its own. I wouldn't say Upgrade was predictable, because it has several twists beyond those I easily guessed at, but that doesn't really mitigate the feeling that it feels predictable. That said, its take on violence is gory, but also interestingly shot to fit the situation. It doesn't look or feel like what we've seen before. Most reviewers I've read have compared it to a Black Mirror episode, and I can't argue with that. That's totally what this is. And there are better Black Mirrors, but also some that are not as good. Let that be your guide if it helps.
2 years 11 months ago
b1515152004's avatar


It's essentially a longer, bigger-budgeted episode of Black Mirror. Not a bad thing though.
3 years ago
nowhereman136's avatar


easily the best Sci/fi film ive seen in 2018
3 years ago
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