Upgrade is a Great Sci-Fi Thriller that Hits Close to Home
Leigh Whannell (Insidious Chapter 3) makes his sophomore debut as a director with Upgrade, a film that really challenges what humanity's relationship with technology. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green as Grey Trace, Harrison Gilbertson as the reclusive billionaire tech genius Eron, Betty Gabriel as Detective Cortez and Benedict Hardie as the criminal Fisk.
This film has a Sci-Fi, Man Vs Machine theme to it that we've seen before but is done in a quality and unique way. The films production is top notch and doesn't really feel like the small budget film that it is. The production design is wonderful, giving it a Blade Runner 2049 feel while not overdoing it. The film's story is pretty straight forward and while some might figure out the direction it is going, it's still an enjoyable ride. This film isn't an action movie but the action is brutal and intense when it happens.
Overall Logan Marshall-Green does a great job as the lead character. We watch him go from a man who doesn't want to embrace the technology of the future to becoming almost downright dependent on it and giving over his entire humanity. If you want to know more about the film, check out my interview with director Leigh Whannell.
Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.