Critic Consensus: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.
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Upgrade is a brutish, efficient and well-executed slice of cyberpunk action-horror with a silly streak.
Writer/director Leigh Whannell gives us a glimpse of the near-future and it's both fascinating and terrifying.
Upgrade's smooth turn into intellectual provocation may be the most surprising thing about it.
Whannell doesn't reprocess or reboot clichés; he depends on them and peddles them. As a director, he photographs his plot points and sees no moments between moments, conveys no sense of experiential continuity.
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28/08/2018 - A really good, original sci fi action film!
One step further along the sci-fi trail in the woods from Blade Runner, Matrix, (and Prometheus), this looks at the possible outcome beyond plastic surgery, but physical modification through nanotechnology. Characterizations are a little undercooked beyond the main character but the film is still a great deal of fun and a worthy consideration for a weekend night.
This is a film that has all the old school pulpy thrills that can easily be described as 'Robocop meets Death Wish'. It's low budget futuristic look and feel is literally comparable to both the likes of John Carpenter and Paul Verhoeven, even if the Melbourne filming is enough to confuse someone like me to appear as something else. Overall, it's still a competent dirty sci-fi action thriller that delivers on the goods of it's action and dramatic conflict that act as a real world satire/commentary of technology benefiting human lives and functions. Funnily enough the title itself is an almost play on the film itself, upgrading the old school thrills and chills with modern humour and smart plotting. Recommended for the most die-hard old school cult sci-fi fans.
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