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Upgrade (2018)



Critic Consensus: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.

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After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure - an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM - gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

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Rafa Rojas-Díez
as Piloto Onu
Rafa Rojas
as Diez-Piloto Onu
Yael Belicha
as Cooperante Ong
Sachin Joab
as le docteur Bhatia
Ming-Zhu Hii
as Dr Diana Gordon
Arthur Angel
as Old Bones Patron
Puven Pather
as Old Bones Heavy
Ri-Jie Kwok
as Old Bones Heavy
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Critic Reviews for Upgrade

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (44)

It's funny, violent and full of ideas.

January 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Jed Palmer's excellent 1980s-alike score would alone justify the admission price. Good, clean, gory fun.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It takes just the right number of liberties with what you can actually believe in.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's still a small, silly movie and there's nothing particularly novel or even of the moment about its technosceptic stance on machines, but as a genre exercise, it's a fun ride.

September 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whatever the case, Upgrade has enough extra features and add-ons to seem like much more than just another pre-programmed revenge thriller.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Apart from a few flimsy special effects...this is a satire that cleaves dangerously close to reality at times.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Upgrade

Upgrade is a unique, original sci-fi tale that bodes well with its technological concepts, dazzling cinematography and well-crafted story. This cyberpunk-esque envisioning and bloody-thirsty, quirky-humor-filled ride is an under-the-radar hit that is underrated for the year and deserves your attention. 4.2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Part cyberpunk action film, part body horror, all badass. Upgrade is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. The revenge premise is standard enough, and even some of the twists along the way are pretty on the nose, but their execution is flawless and haunting. It's led by an insanely charismatic lead, some amazingly stylish directing, and great use of violence. That last one may sound a bit odd, but let me put it this way: this movie actually made me gasp. It doesn't dwell on the violence, but it doesn't shy from it either when it needs to. It's perfect execution all around and an absolute thrill ride.

Michael Malan
Michael Malan

Super Reviewer

One step further along the sci-fi trail in the woods from Blade Runner, Matrix, (and Prometheus), this looks at the possible outcome beyond plastic surgery, but physical modification through nanotechnology. Characterizations are a little undercooked beyond the main character but the film is still a great deal of fun and a worthy consideration for a weekend night.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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