Haiku Review: Upgrade

Written by Leigh Whannell
Directed by Leigh Whannell


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

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


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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