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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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After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure - an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM - gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

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Critic Reviews for Upgrade

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (31)

  • It's funny, violent and full of ideas.

    Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Apart from a few flimsy special effects...this is a satire that cleaves dangerously close to reality at times.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Upgrade is as fluid and exhilarating as anything the Wachowskis signed their names to in the days when they were brothers: the kind of nifty, sometimes nasty surprise our multiplexes sorely need.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • The fight sequences are refreshingly odd in their conception, with Grey an awkward puppet to his own kickass moves.

    Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Upgrade is a brutish, efficient and well-executed slice of cyberpunk action-horror with a silly streak.

    Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Leigh Whannell gives us a glimpse of the near-future and it's both fascinating and terrifying.

    Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Upgrade

  • Apr 19, 2019
    Fun, but mostly predictable Sci-Fi. Feels like the first Terminator movie. So for that reason it's worth a look.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2019
    Upgrade is a unique, original sci-fi tale that bodes well with its technological concepts, dazzling cinematography and well-crafted story. This cyberpunk-esque envisioning and bloody-thirsty, quirky-humor-filled ride is an under-the-radar hit that is underrated for the year and deserves your attention. 4.2/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2019
    Part cyberpunk action film, part body horror, all badass. Upgrade is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. The revenge premise is standard enough, and even some of the twists along the way are pretty on the nose, but their execution is flawless and haunting. It's led by an insanely charismatic lead, some amazingly stylish directing, and great use of violence. That last one may sound a bit odd, but let me put it this way: this movie actually made me gasp. It doesn't dwell on the violence, but it doesn't shy from it either when it needs to. It's perfect execution all around and an absolute thrill ride.
    Michael M Super Reviewer

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