Set in the not-too-distant future, Upgrade is the second feature from writer-director Leigh Whannell, who made his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3 in 2015. A genre veteran since the first Saw (2004), Whannell now turns his hand to a sci-fi actioner of epic proportions.
Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) lives in a technologically advanced society with his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo), reluctant to trust the digitalization happening all around him until one night life as he knows it comes crashing down. He signs up for an experimental treatment involving a chip implant called Stem. Augmented beyond his wildest dreams, Grey sets out on a mission for vengeance.
Fast-paced and unflinching, Upgrade kicks ass from start to finish. Imagine The Terminator on speed and you know you don’t want to miss this high-octane ride.
“A great and grimy little screw-turner of sci-fi schlock, the kind that they truly don’t make anymore, the kind that would make Carpenter and Cameron proud” – Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture