Upgrade is a science fiction film written and directed by Leigh Whannell. This film flew way under the radar. I had never heard of it. I’m not even sure it was marketed on Television. I was surprised of the high ratings it received — why then was it not known? I’m glad I decided to read the synopsis and ratings because it was a really good movie, a sort of Robo-cop without the parts, just the software. It also has a light side to it, so I was laughing quite a bit.
In the near-future, nearly everything and everyone is augmented by computers. Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is a stay-at-home mechanic whose wife, Asha (Melanie Vallejo), works for a tech company called Cobolt. Ironically, Grey does not trust modern technological innovation, believing it robs society of it’s humanity. Grey invites Asha to join him as he returns a car to his very rich, renown client, Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson), a tech innovator who is the head of a company rival to Cobolt, called Vessel. Before the Trace’s leaves Eron’s home, he reveals his latest creation called STEM (Voice: Simon Maiden), a gadget that is designed to connect to anything and make improvements.
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As Grey and Asha return home, the A.I. autonomous car they are traveling in suddenly malfunctions and takes them to Grey’s old ghetto neighborhood, then crashes. Four men arrive at the scene, shoot Asha, and sever Grey’s spinal column. Grey is left a quadriplegic, wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. He is now looked after by his mother Pamela (Linda Cropper). Grey frequently visits police Detective Cortez (Betty Gabrie), who reveals that they are unable to identify his attackers. With a heavy heart, Grey tries to overdose on medication. He ends up in the hospital again and is visited by Eron, who suggest having STEM implanted into his spine to allow him to use his body again.
You’ll have to see Upgrade to find out if Grey allows STEM to be implanted in his body. Overall, I found Upgrade to be exciting, well acted (I only knew one actor) and funny with a good plot and a major twist you won’t see coming. I loved the ending and was amazed at how long the movie appeared to be when it was only 1:35. I really enjoyed Upgrade and highly recommend it to all. If you don’t want your kids to see violent films, then Upgrade is not for them. Check it out!