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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: R16, Graphic violence, horror, offensive language & content that may disturb100 minsAustralia
ActionScience Fiction
92%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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...

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fast-paced, inventive thrill ride.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...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.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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.

0

Definitely worth a watch. Watching Grey discover how Stem works is very funny in the first big fight (also the best kill). Not really scary but very entertaining and a great lead performance!

4.0
0

Did they decide on STEM after finding out it's an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths? Anyway, it's a gory movie, but almost arty. Great movements, like corographed ballet but violent. Worth watching just to watch the movevent and fight scenes. It's very entertaining. Great watch if you suspend reality and let the movie take you along....

4.0
0

Its filled with action, fun and entertaining; with a well-portrayed tale and a few little surprises in its arsenal.

4.0
0

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

4.0
0

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 :)

0

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Enough humour, action and gore to keep to entertained from start to finish.

5.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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!

5.0
0

A brilliant insite into what the future could bring. A very thought provoking movie which kept you guessing right until the end.

5.0
0

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.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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...

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fast-paced, inventive thrill ride.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...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.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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.

0

Definitely worth a watch. Watching Grey discover how Stem works is very funny in the first big fight (also the best kill). Not really scary but very entertaining and a great lead performance!

4.0
0

Did they decide on STEM after finding out it's an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths? Anyway, it's a gory movie, but almost arty. Great movements, like corographed ballet but violent. Worth watching just to watch the movevent and fight scenes. It's very entertaining. Great watch if you suspend reality and let the movie take you...

4.0
0

Its filled with action, fun and entertaining; with a well-portrayed tale and a few little surprises in its arsenal.

4.0
0

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

4.0
0

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 :)

0

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Enough humour, action and gore to keep to entertained from start to finish.

5.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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!

5.0
0

A brilliant insite into what the future could bring. A very thought provoking movie which kept you guessing right until the end.

5.0
0

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.

4.0
0