By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R
‘Upgrade’ was released here in Canada this past weekend, so I decided to go check it out. I’ve heard good things about this lower budget sci-fi flick so I was somewhat excited for the lights to go down and the movie to begin rolling. Safe to say, ‘Upgrade’ was a treat and I definitely had a pretty good time with this film. Here is my review of ‘Upgrade.’
This film stars Tom Hardy doppelganger Logan-Marshall Green, Betty Gabriel, Benedict Hardie and Simon Maiden. This is a low budget sci-fi feature that is about a man on a path to seek revenge after his life has been flipped upside down. He gets a chip inserted in him that is able to enhance his abilities to do many things. This essentially makes him an upgraded human. Here we have our movie. I found ‘Upgrade’ took a little bit to pick up, but when it did, it truly was a fun ride. The film offers a unique take on futuristic science fiction and opens a world that I truly want to see more of.
The film’s acting was mainly good, but dialogue at times was somewhat cheesy. There were times early on in this film where I found things happened a little too conveniently, and dialogue just didn’t go well with the overall flow of the film. The story was sweet and simple, but executed really well, making for an effective movie. The unique camera angles and truly entertaining action sequences are the greatest glow of this film. Fight scenes put me at the edge of my seat, as the choreography and strong camera work elevated them in all the right ways. ‘Upgrade’ had quality build up for the majority of the movie as it was able to wind up the intensity as the film progresses. The payoff for me was one of the weakest spots of the film.
‘Upgrade’ also featured some overall weak antagonists that didn’t add a ton to the story. A stronger antagonist would benefit the movie, but I did not find that this detracted from it much at all. Despite being a low budget film, the visuals and special effects satisfied me. Director Leigh Whannell ensured this film had solid pace and it did flow quite well after a slow start. Sure, it’s not the perfect film, but it is a fun and enjoyable time for sure.
The big plus: Superb fight sequences and a pretty simple yet solid premise makes for a really entertaining time.
Where it lacks: Poor dialogue and pacing early on may give you a hard time getting into this movie, and when you finally do get into it… the overall payoff lacks impact.
I will say that this movie thoroughly entertained me and I hope to see it again. ‘Upgrade’ introduced me to a premise and a world that I would love to see more of in the future. Definitely see this movie if you haven’t as it really is a good alternative to the norm these days. ‘Upgrade’ was cool like I wanted ‘Hotel Artemis’ to be. I truly did have fun with this movie and props to the filmmakers for crafting a good low budget summer film.
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