Leigh Whannell directs Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson in this sci-fi thriller where a grieving paraplegic receives an ability increasing bio-microchip that drives him to revenge.
Cyberpunk. Cronenberg. Verehoeven. Upgrade intentionally feels like a scuzzy Eighties mindblower. The extreme violence. The body horror. The futuristic production design. You have people stuck in VR crack dens, flesh arms that are reloadable guns and cars that look like computer mouses. The story this is all in the service of is pretty 2D but the world and the attitude is appreciated. The action has a nice flow and the camera moves to keep you neck and neck with our hero’s swerving desperation.