Rinzy Reviews ‘Upgrade’ (2018)

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $5M/ $12.5M

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Melanie Vallejo, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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I need to say this before I begin:

Upgrade remind me why Upgrade is one of my favourite Ben-10 aliens. Remember Ben Ben Tennyson? 

The movie has a lot of humans having awesome machine features… We see some people shooting guns through their hands, someone launching nanobots through a sneeze, amongst others.

Logan Marshall-Green plays Grey Trace, a stay-at-home mechanic in a futuristic world who has an accident with his wife, which leaves her dead and he quadriplegic. He gets an upgrade that leaves his body better than before courtesy of a chip rightly named Stem, implanted in his stem-cell. Fortified with the means and a mind laced with getting revenge against his wife’s killers, what could go wrong?

Marshall-Green gives a pretty solid performance in this movie. I was impressed with the way he effortlessly portrayed the man burdened with the loss of his wife, his new body upgrade and new sense of purpose – getting revenge. The movie basically revolves around the two characters he portrays and it wasn’t a chore watching him do his thing on screen. The supporting casts are good, too, save for Melanie Vallejo, who portrays Grey’s wife. I thought they lacked enough chemistry to make them appear believable as a couple. Luckily, she isn’t in much of the movie, as her character is quickly killed off, and can easily forgotten as soon as the real action starts. 

 One problem I did have with the story was Stem’s motivation, or lack of. Yeah, the twist revealing him (or it, as the case may be) to be the killer was was executed, but it had no depth; it felt as though it was written simply for cheap thrills. Having greater motives for his agenda would have made the character, even though non-human, better relatable.

Blumhouse Productions continues to churn out awesome low budget movies, all hit-after-hit. What made Upgrade special to me was how fast it switched from a SciFi movie to a horror one; one much deserving of a sequel.
Upgrade raises the old question of what the future could look like with human’s continued dependence on machines for most day-to-day activities? If our reality becomes something like is seen in ‘Upgrade’ then there’s cause to be alarmed. This toic can be further explored if ever there’s a sequel.
Upgrade is a beautiful movie, you should check it out.

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