Upgrade (2018)

Set shortly in the future, Upgrade is a brutal story about a man named Grey. During an unexpected attack and mugging, Grey ends up witnessing the murder of his wife. Grey gets left for dead, alone and paralysed in hospital. In hospital, Grey is soon approached by a billionaire tech developer who offers to “Upgrade” Grey’s entire body with a software and hardware product known as “Stem”. Stem is a new artificial intelligence, unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Upgrade’s world is dirty and gritty, and the film captured this world entirely. Unlike big, futuristic films showing a far off future (like Blade Runner, Fifth Element or Back to Future), Upgrade presents itself as the near future, with advancements made in phones, cars and computer tech. As a sci-fi film, there are plenty of creative elements which I enjoyed. I couldn’t help but notice a clever use of the colour red throughout the film too.

On the flip side, other than just a sci-fi film, we also have a thriller. I love how this film is not just “another revenge” story. The film’s story unravels in a way that you feel you can predict what’s going to happen next, and yet I found myself surprised at multiple times, including the film’s ending (which I want to talk about, but I will restrain myself from doing so).

The action scenes are fun and at times at surprisingly entertaining. As Stem takes over, Grey is always shocked and surprised by his actions at every turn, and the acting is a credit to the lead actor. Action scenes also use snappy camera work and are shot on different angles. Sometimes the camera will turn on its side when people fall, once again making great of creativity. The action scenes also drop some laughs, which I also found unexpected.

The film’s audio track is a BLAST. With a useful (and yet essential) soundtrack, Upgrade’s motion picture audio track never left me disappointed. The soundtrack is crafty and felt creepy, but the audio track is incredibly detailed to suit the sci-fi world. Selected voices appear used in all cinema speakers, and many effects such as gunshots or doors closing were also detailed, even when something occurred out of frame.

Overall, this is a fun sci-film film which has created as a thriller. Even when you think you know everything, the film manages to surprise you, including the film’s epic ending. The film audio track will impress, making it very rewarding for those who see this on the big screen. Credit to the film’s marketing too, as many elements of the film were unexpected and enjoyable. There’s not much to dislike here.

9.5/10

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Pil is a young orphan girl who has daily adventures with three cute little weasels, her only close friends.  Pil is quite a determined and somewhat cheeky, mischievous little girl who is kind to those in need of help, particularly animals.  Sadly, Pil lives...

Ablaze (2021)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, please be advised that this film contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians and images and videos of deceased persons. Introducing Ablaze, a feature-length documentary that looks back at the...

The Warriors (1979)

Set in the future, the city of New York is full of street gangs. One night, the leader of all the gangs, "Cyrus", calls a gathering of every known gang to one meeting place. As Cyrus speaks to all the gangs present, he is shot and brutally murdered. One of the street...

A Banquet (2021)

The film follows Holly (Sienna Guillory) and her two daughters, Betsey (Jessica Alexander) and Isabelle (Ruby Stokes).  As the film begins, we learn the family has suffered through something traumatic and horrifying when Holly's husband died after suffering a...

The House (2021)

Set in Germany, 2029, we follow Johann (Tobias Moretti) & Lucia (Valery Tscheplanowa), who decide to retreat to their own private luxury home.  Johann has just been officially banned from publishing his writing, and the couple wish for some time-out from the...

To Olivia (2021)

Set in 1962, we follow the famous writer and author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) and his wife, Patricia Neal (Kelley Hawes).  While already dealing with multiple complications, Roald and Patricia suffer a tragic loss in their family, putting everything they have...

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

It's been over thirty years since Maverick, aka Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise), took part in Top Gun.  Currently, Maverick works as a test pilot, laying low and waiting for retirement.  Plus, he knows he'll never be promoted doing what he's doing, and this...

The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)

This documentary looks at the cinema phenomenon and genre known as Found Footage.  Many film buffs surely have seen films such as The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield (2008) and Paranormal Activity (2007), which were highly successful features when they...

The Innocents (2021)

The film begins with a young girl named Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) who moves into a new apartment with her mother, father and an older sister who has a disability.  We discover that Ida isn't overly happy with the family's new living arrangement and is frustrated...

Hatching (2022)

The film begins with a general introduction to a family of four.  This family seems to be filled with much joy, happiness, and love, but we soon learn things are not what they seem on the surface.  Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), the 12-year-old-daughter, is...

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)

A young teenager named Casey (Anna Cobb) is all alone in her attic bedroom.  She decides to begin a whole new challenge and enrols to play an online video game known as The World's Fair, a game well known for its heavy horror elements.  As an audience, we...

The Sadness (2021)

Set in Taipei, we follow a young couple named Kat (Regina Lei) and Jim (Berant Zhu), who wake up in bed together and get ready for their normal daily routine.  As the two share general discussions while getting ready for work, we understand that Kat is...

Kitten with a Whip (1964)

David (John Forsythe) is an upcoming star in politics.  But sadly for David, he's about to be part of a wild scandal involving some nasty blackmail.  One day when David comes home, he finds a beautiful young woman named Jody (Ann-Margret) sleeping in a bed....

Queen Bees (2021)

Helen Wilson (Ellen Burstyn) is an older woman living independently.  She is consistently nagged to move into a senior's home by the regular flyers arriving in her letterbox and her neighbours' continual encouragement to sell her home given her age.  Helen...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Continuing from where we last left Doctor Strange from Spider-Man: No Way Home, Steven Strange is attempting to move forward with his life.  While attempting to stay positive and move forward, he deals with the aftermath of his involvement in the fight against...

Little Tornadoes (2021)

Set in 1970 rural Australia, we follow Leo (Mark Leonard Winter), whose life recently changed dramatically when his wife decided to leave him without any notice.  Leo is now a single father looking after his two children while working full-time as a...

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021)

The year is 1893.  Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) is a bushwoman living with her four young children. Molly is currently running the family farm while her husband is away working as a drover.  We learn very quickly that Molly shouldn’t be messed with. Molly is...

Rob Jabbaz – The Sadness (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #RobJabbaz, director and writer of #TheSadness (2021), which is now available exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/AxLi8hCck60 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter Walkden (Walkden...

Taneli Mustonen – The Twin (2022)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #TaneliMustonen, who is the director and writer of #TheTwin (2022). This film is Now Available Exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/tVbXasuBnAM 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter...

The Twin (2022)

The film begins with the deep tones of a piano score and a family car driving on the road.  We don't get to go inside of the car, but we can hear a happy family sharing laughter and discussions until a tragic crash accident occurs off-screen.  The tragic...

Forty Winks (2022)

Set in the present day, the film follows Fabio (Justin Marcel McManus), who works as a Hypnotist in New York City.  But life for Fabio could be a whole lot better.  Fabio recently appeared on a popular TV show where he was invited to try and hypnotise the...

The House of Snails (2021)

Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) is driving to a small town called Quintanar.  Renting a large house for a month to seek some solitude and silence, Antonio hopes to put his skills as a writer to good use and complete his newest book.  When he arrives at the...

The Northman (2022)

The film begins with a young prince named Amleth, who takes part in a ritual with his wounded father, King Aurvandil War-Raven (Ethan Hawke).  The ritual introduces Prince Amleth to the world of manhood.  As he enters this new stage of his life, the prince...

Beyond the Summit (2022)

Mateo (Javier Rey) is a man who is filled with determination.  Extremely fit, he's been training and preparing each day with hopes of one day achieving a big dream- climbing Annapurna.  When the time comes, Mateo packs his things and says his farewell to his...