Haiku Review: Upgrade

Upgrade
Written by Leigh Whannell
Directed by Leigh Whannell


HAIKU REVIEW

A Visual Treat;
That Hides Its Flaws Very Well;
And Outdoes Itself.


RATING:
**Watch in Theater Immediately**
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

There is no way around it, this is an episode of Black Mirror on the big screen. And it’s awesome. In the near future, a man survives a tragedy that he wife does not, but he becomes a quadriplegic in the process. A radical surgery implants a chip, called STEM, directly into his nervous system. The computer, which can talk and only the man can hear, can take full control and move the once-lifeless body and help him on the revenge mission to find the people that murdered his wife. What could go wrong? This is the B-ish-movie that you didn’t know you needed to see. It’s  not exactly posing brand new high minded sci-fi questions, but the familiar waters it treads are still capable of making waves. The plot points may be transparent and predictable at times, but the fluid-yet-disorienting nature of the camera work does a great job of keeping you distracted from those minor gripes. Hell, close your eyes during one of the humor-injected-yet-grisly-violent action scenes, and you may think you’ve stumbled into a Coen brothers film that traded some of its top notch acting budget for a special effects and choreography…upgrade.


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