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DIRECTOR: Leigh whannell (insidious: chapter 3)  
STARRING: logan marshall - green, betty gabriel, benedict hardie, and melanie vallejo 

REVIEWER: Luke williams

A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralysed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure -- an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility -- skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.

Our hero, Grey, receives a life changing upgrade to his body after being paralysed after an unfortunate series of events involving a car crash followed by a robbery in a seedy part of town. The upgrade taps into his brain and body allowing him to unlock an amazing potential, but only when he gives over control of his body for short periods of time.

 

It’s a sci-fi future dystopia with the usual cool tech that’s usually only available to the elite. A dark world full of surveillance drones, autonomous vehicles, and extremes between the wealthy and the poor.

 

Upgrade is full of some of the best action sequences you’ll see. This may be a low budget, probably ‘B’ movie, but that only makes it better. It forces the producers to bring in old school, in camera effects. The lack of CGI (yes there is still some in there) is what makes this particularly outstanding.

 

It’s not the best storyline and the actors aren’t well known. However, the sets are good, the action is excellent, the special effects are solid, the gore is plentiful and fun. This will make some people cringe in disgust and others giggle with glee. A fantastic mix!

 

As this is not a major blockbuster, it’s even more highly recommended that you watch this film.

Although not the best storyline Upgrade is filled with excellent action, special effects, and sets with gore that will have some cringing in disgust and others giggling with glee. 

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Upgrade is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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