Release year: 2018
Director: Leigh Whannell
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Abby Craden, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie
In a near future technology has made life easier for most households. When Grey Trace (Marshall-Green) is struck by a tragedy that leaves him paralyzed, he is offered an experimental chip implant to help him walk and move again and the technology hating Grey accepts to be able to find the ones behind his accident.
From the beginning, the movie gives an impression of a time where humans are less in control of their lives, though voluntarily. When the lead character is offered the experimental chip, it is also a choice, but the limits of how much he is control of things are soon pushed. The result is a movie, where you shift between being in awe of the possibility and terrified at the price and concept. Once again Marshall-Green (The Invitation, 2015) impresses with talents that makes you wonder why he isn’t a bigger star yet. From devastation to stylish fight scenes, he never fails to keep you gripped and the movie is that much better for it. This is only the second feature film by Leigh Whannell as a director and considering the quality of this bleak and stylish cyberpunk sci-fi flick, there is great promise in the man. Intelligent, thought provoking and scarily close to where technology is heading already, Upgrade is a must for sci-fi fans or anyone needing tutor in how to make an excellent movie with a low budget.
During the fight scenes, the camera often tracks Grey so that he remains in the middle of frame. According to director Leigh Whannell, this was achieved by hiding a phone somewhere on actor Logan Marshall-Green, which the cameras could then pair to and follow with as much accuracy as possible.