Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, Abby Craden, Betty Gabriel
Director: Leigh Whannell
Release date: 31st August 2018
In the somewhat distant future, Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) loves tinkering with old cars. Technology has advanced at a pace but he’s happy getting his hands dirty, re-building his dream classic car. One project he’s been working on is for a particularly rich client and when it’s finished, he goes with his wife, Asha to deliver it. On their way home, the computer driven car they’re in takes them into Grey’s old neighbourhood of Crown Heights. It unexplainably crashes and the pair are both alive but injured. A group of masked men arrives and proceeds to drag them from the vehicle. Asha is shot point blank and Grey is forced to watch as her life slips away. He is shot as well and a time later, wakes in hospital. Three months pass and Grey is now wheelchair bound, unable to move from the neck down. Distraught by Asha’s violent death, he feels helpless. Then one day he gets a call from Eron Keen, a famous reclusive tech genius, with a proposal that could change his life dramatically. Grey agrees but at what cost?
‘Upgrade’ takes us into what could be a possible near distant future, with cars that drive themselves and homes that do everything for us. It also shows a more sinister side to what technology could become.. None of us really know how far technology will ultimately evolve, but looking at how far we’ve come in say, the last 50 years, it appears that anything is possible.
The movie has a great cast and a great story, but I just felt that the end was a teeny bit rushed.. There’s also the really graphic violence. A couple of times I literally had to cover my eyes. I’m not the most squeamish person but a couple of events in the movie were really shocking.
A movie with a great premise for a story, and a great lead man, I think that ‘Upgrade’ will appeal to mates wanting to go and see something on a night out. I really enjoyed it but just feel that the story could maybe have expanded slightly more. If you’re looking for a bit of escapism then give ‘Upgrade’ a watch.