Reviews for Upgrade ( 2018 ) 1080p

Heck yeah Blumhouse, heck yeah!

By: alihandemiral
Blumhouse came up with yet another original, thrilling, fun to watch film! This film will not be what you expect it to be. It exceeded all my expectations.

The script is full of surprising elements and the futuristic world created in the film is one of the most realistic dystopias I have ever seen in cinema. This is a unique experience, what a fun film to watch!

Lastly, I've been keeping an eye on Logan Marshall-Green since "Devil", and I think "Upgrade" is his Swan Song, along with "The Invitation", of course.

Excellent Australian Sci-Fi

By: Claudio Carvalho
In the future, the mechanic Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is happily married with his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo), who works in a state-of-art technology company. Grey fixes and sells old cars without electronic devices and does not like state-of-art electronic technology. When he sells a car to the genius Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson), who owns the most advanced technology company, Grey brings Asha to introduce her to Eron that shows a chip capable to do anything he has just developed. On their way back home, Asha′s car has an electronic breakdown and they have an accident. Soon four men subdue and shot them, killing Asha and leaving Grey tetraplegic. When Eron comes to the hospital to visit Grey, he offers the chip called Stem to be secretly implanted in Grey to give his motion back. Grey accepts and learns the others abilities of Stem. Now he decides to hunt down the criminals that killed his beloved wife.

"Upgrade" is an excellent Australian sci-fi and maybe the best one released this year. Despite the low-budget (five million-dollar only), the film has top-notch storyline, screenplay, direction and performances and great special effects used only when necessary. The film is full of action and the plot point in the end surprises. This is the type of movie that deserves a sequel. My vote is nine.

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Excellent Australian Sci-Fi

By: claudio_carvalho
In the future, the mechanic Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is happily married with his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo), who works in a state-of-art technology company. Grey fixes and sells old cars without electronic devices and does not like state-of-art electronic technology. When he sells a car to the genius Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson), who owns the most advanced technology company, Grey brings Asha to introduce her to Eron that shows a chip capable to do anything he has just developed. On their way back home, Asha′s car has an electronic breakdown and they have an accident. Soon four men subdue and shot them, killing Asha and leaving Grey tetraplegic. When Eron comes to the hospital to visit Grey, he offers the chip called Stem to be secretly implanted in Grey to give his motion back. Grey accepts and learns the others abilities of Stem. Now he decides to hunt down the criminals that killed his beloved wife.

"Upgrade" is an excellent Australian sci-fi and maybe the best one released this year. Despite the low-budget (five million-dollar only), the film has top-notch storyline, screenplay, direction and performances and great special effects used only when necessary. The film is full of action and the plot point in the end surprises. This is the type of movie that deserves a sequel. My vote is nine.

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Perfect!!!

By: tronix-639-770235
Nice surprise! A lesson in low budget movie! Don't miss it.

Stylish Action

By: Papa Lazarou
I went into this without knowing anything at all about the film and I was very pleasantly surprised.Technically the film is great. It looks very stylish and there was hardly anything that disappointed. The fight scenes are top notch and not afraid to pull any punches.If it had a large budget it wouldn't necessarily be any better, which is quite a compliment.

Stylish Action

By: marksavage4568
I went into this without knowing anything at all about the film and I was very pleasantly surprised.Technically the film is great. It looks very stylish and there was hardly anything that disappointed. The fight scenes are top notch and not afraid to pull any punches.If it had a large budget it wouldn't necessarily be any better, which is quite a compliment.

A lesson in low budget film.

By: louish-38117
Brilliant.

This movie is proof that you don't need all the special effects in the world to make an amazing sci fi movie. This is low budget done right (think Ex Machina).

I signed up to IMDB to review this movie, I was that impressed. I see tons of people making that remark about films but honestly, this movie is unbelievable and for any sci fi fan out there, you need to watch this.

I went in blind, no trailer, no knowledge of the movie what so ever and I would advise you do the same.

The plot is simple, it's a revenge story that's been done countless times, yet it feels so fresh, acting Is slightly suspect throughout the first 10-15 minutes but the story will grip you, be patient.

Honestly, I don't want to give anything away so just watch this movie.

9.5/10

Easily my favourite sci fi for a LONG time.

Enjoy.

It would have been better without the dark humor

By: Harrison Tweed (Top Dawg)
I wasn't expecting much going into this film, but I was pleasantly surprised with this low budget Aussie film! The sets and futuristic visuals were stunning, the directing on point, the score was perfect and the uniqueness of the story/writing was a pleasant surprise from the same ole that Hollywood has been putting out lately over and over again.

This was a unique story told very well, but it could have been much better had it been more serious IMO.

The dark humor didn't fit the story's suspense nor its characters and felt too cheesy and out of place throughout the film. Maybe it was the casting choices? The oddball walk when STEM took over was annoying. The evil doctor was just way too weird.

Nevertheless, it played out well, and the concept of combining The Six Million Dollar Man and Death Wish would have been more suspenseful and I would have rated it higher had the dark humor, that I felt took away from the story, was absent.

It's an 8/10 from me only because it missed the mark of being something as great as Blade Runner 2049, that had the perfect amount of humor - when and where it should have, as a break from the thrilling story.

Now This Is How You Make A Low Budget Movie

By: Darkwalker173
I went into this movie having no clue what it was about and wasn't expecting much, but I loved it.There are innumerable movies with huge budgets that simply fall flat, and Upgrade, with a Budget of around $5,000,000, which doesn't cover the cost of catering on some of these huge budgeted flops, honestly looked like it cost a lot more than it actually did. Intelligent script, good action, very few unnecessary scenes, and though I thought it was sure to let me down, a very good ending.And although I have seen much of Logan Marshall-Green's work and was never a huge fan, he does a very good job here.Recommended.

Holy smokes...

By: robertjcottrell
I refuse to give away any spoilers.

Suffice to say this movie is amazing.

One of the best of the year

Best AI movie of the century ?

By: pennaneac
I have watch every scifi movie this last 35 years and i can assure you this one is the best i ever seen concerning AI.

Thats is just perfect. Everything is perfect OST, Camera, script, acting, ideas ALL GOOD!

RUN watch this one. This movie deserve at minimum 1 award for his story.

what?? this should get oscar

By: surferscake
Not expecting it to be this thoughtful, seriously nice blend of AI and robotics, what a story buildup, terrific i really enjoyed it thoroughly, way better than any of those avengers or imaginary movies

possibly the best at this budget

By: abdullahkesgin-296-834167
At last someone got bored of all high budget bad written movies and took the matter on his own handsthis is a very well written, very well directed movieacting may be mediocre at times but this can be ignored easily cause the actors are really tryingno one will regret watching upgrade, definitely one of the best in 2018 so fargrats and thanx to anyone who is involved making this movie

I simply loved it...

By: Scott A. Brewer
A Darkhorse underdog movie. Very disappointed movies like this don't get as much exposure as They should.Well written, polished. Great understanding using special effects to compliment not dominate.Would Definitely go see a Sequal.

Best one for many many many years !!!! TRUE DIAMOND !!!

By: zaebali-47676
Thank you for this move !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Finally some one did it something good !!!

What do you get when you mix Robocop with John Wick... this movie I think

By: hauntedforest
Went to go see this movie a few days ago, not knowing anything about it. Looking at the poster it seemed like a sci-fi /horror?? movie about a cyborg. Not man. Not machine. More. I just figured it was something like the Terminator or Robocop, so why not? Also I really enjoy Blumhouse movies in general. They've really cornered the horror genre market in recent years. Even though this is pretty much sci-fi. A really dark one, with some humorous moments at times.

Just hoping that this movie would be decent, and turns out it was. In fact I was very impressed with it. The storyline drew me in, even if the themes in it aren't all that new. The concept of upgrading yourself with machines, and computers is such a fascinating concept. I also like the fact that it's in the future, but feels very believable. Like it's not too far away from the world we'll be living in one day. It's a pretty small budget for a movie of this sort, but at no point did it feel cheap. It's all about execution. And this movie has plenty of it. Both in how well made it is, and how brutal it is sometimes. Like literally we see a guy get his head blown off with his own arm/hand implanted with a shotgun? I didn't NEED to see it, but there it is. Actually I was a little surprised at all the stark violence in the movie. At times it happens so suddenly, and violently. You sit there wondering for a moment what just happened. Gratuitous even, but this is an R rated movie.

As for the acting, it was fine. Logan Marshall-Green, never heard of him before. I thought he stood out. He gives a believable measured performance, while not going overboard with the pathos. Well not too much anyway, but for the most part he was great. Definitely someone to watch out for with the right project. The supporting cast was good as well, but didn't feel like they were in it too much. Pretty much this movie revolves around him and STEM. The robot voice in his head- or rather a sentient computer chip that helps him walk and do other things. And by things I mean he turns himself into some cyborg Bruce Lee with precision moves. The digital sound effects when he lets STEM take over fighting are sort've funny.

Overall I would say this is your standard revenge movie, but the setting and presentation is what makes it a little different. I have no problems with the script as this isn't Oscar caliber material. Though in saying that, it doesn't do the movie justice. The story drew me in, and I was entertained. Sure it borrows from other movies, and you can clearly see the influences. Blade Runner, Robocop, Terminator, it's all there. Even so, I like the world that they created, and it does what it's set out to do. Be good entertainment, and make you think a little. Those are the best kinds of movies.

An analogue dude get's a digital upgrade to goes all Charles Bronson

By: a_chinn
Logan Marshall-Green is Grey Trace, an analogue dude living in a near-future digital world, who makes his living fixing up old muscle cars. That is until he and his wife's smart car goes haywire, crashes, are they are robbed and left for dead. However, Grey was not killed and is instead left a quadriplegic. That is until one of his muscle car clients, an Elon Musk-like scientist/billionaire, offers to give him his life back with a chip implant that would put an artificial intelligence named Stem into his nervous system, which can make him mobile again and also allow him a chance to get revenge! Stem can also, with Gray's permission, take over his body to make him a deadly fighting machine (basically becoming Neo from "The Matrix"), which makes for a number of entertaining action sequences. So what's the tone of this film? Try to imagine if David Cronenberg had developed "The Six Million Dollar Man." (i.e. a near perfect marriage of smart body-horror and pulp sci-fi). Stem talk to grey in his head, where no one else can hear Stem, which is entertaining and reminded me of Don Johnson in "A Boy and His Dog" where Johnson's Vic and his telepathic dog Blood would talk to one another, where Grey and Vic are the the brawn and Stem and Blood are the brains of the duos. In terms of theme, "Upgrade" is clearly a cautionary tale of how we are allowing technology to integrate itself into our lives, in this case in the most extreme of ways. Grey talking to Stem, seeking help and advice, is not all that different from talking to Siri or Alexa and for assistance. The revenge film elements of the plot, with Grey working his way up the food chain of criminals to find out who's behind his wife's death, are pretty standard "Death Wish" stuff (including a pretty obvious twist ending), though the technology themed body horror elements of the story made that routine plot far more interesting. "The Crow" is probably a good comparison, which was also a revenge film at its core, but added supernatural and goth elements to jazz up the familiar plot device. "Upgrade" was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote "Saw" and "The Conjuring," so this film certainly delivers gore and suspense. The gory elements were shockingly fun to watch on the big screen, but later thinking about the movie, the excessive gore and violence really didn't add anything to the film outside of one scene where Grey can't bring himself to torture information out of his attackers and turns his body over to Stem to do it for him. The film's violence is really just gratuitous for it's own sake, which is not that different from most horror films, but this film seems smarter than that. My other knock on the film is that it never really delves too deeply into it's themes around the dangers of integrating technology into our lives and body modification. Whannell also throws in a few other completely underdeveloped cautionary ideas around virtual reality and other techno babble, which go nowhere. So overall, don't go into this film thinking it's anywhere as smart a typical episode of "Black Mirror." This film is pure pulp, but it's a wickedly fun pulp and left me wanting to see what writer/director Whannell will do next. "Upgrade" was produced by Blumhouse, who has again continued their streak of delivering smart above-average genre pictures ("Get Out," "Insidious," "The Purge," "The Belko Experiment," etc.), making this another must-see film for sci-fi/horror fans.

Yes...GOD YES

By: bigbadbassface
Went in thinking this was going to be a good action movie with some fun AI-inspired fight scenes, but it was so much more than that. All of the actors, almost all unknown, were phenomenal, and the writing and pacing was perfect. The dynamic between the AI and the main character was somehow both funny and terrifying as it slowly digressed. Man what an awesome movie. Will be recommending to everyone.

Three fun movies woven together well.

By: joseph-e-hoffman
Without going any further into it, Upgrade is a mashup of Robocop, Law Abiding Citizen, and Ex Machina. I went in expecting it to be a low budget gore fest and found some smart film making and an overall good time.

5/7 would recommend.

Well worth the price of a ticket

By: wadler345
I went into this with fairly low expectations. The trailer looked good, and the cinematography looked exciting. But the premise seemed tired and worn.

*in a deep, movie-voice over voice* some guys kill his wife, and now he's seeking revenge".

But this film surpassed my expectations, and was a well-worth experience. Not only was I correct about the cinematography being exciting and engaging, but the plot actually strung together compelling way. This film came out of nowhere for me, and now, it's a memorable film that accomplishes the most important goal of any great film: gets the audience to keep wondering about it.

Since I don't want to go into spoilers, I'll say one last thing: pay attention to the Foley artist's work. The sound design is poignant and additive to the experience. It reminds me of the clever usage of music from Baby Driver. Nothing is wasted and is always enriching of the world building. With Baby Driver, the music was giving us Baby's personal experience. Here, the sound effects give us Grey's point of view. Didn't experiences, but both are elevated through sound, masterfully.

I genuinely want to see it again. If the trailer interested you at all, go see it. It's worth your while.