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Upgrade (2018)

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Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when the world of Grey, a self-labeled technophobe, is turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant.

Director:

Leigh Whannell

Writer:

Leigh Whannell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Marshall-Green ... Grey Trace
Melanie Vallejo Melanie Vallejo ... Asha Trace
Steve Danielsen Steve Danielsen ... Jeff Handley
Abby Craden ... Kara (voice)
Harrison Gilbertson ... Eron Keen
Benedict Hardie ... Fisk
Richard Cawthorne Richard Cawthorne ... Serk
Christopher Kirby ... Tolan
Richard Anastasios Richard Anastasios ... Wen
Kenny Low ... Police Driver
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Pamela
Betty Gabriel ... Detective Cortez
Emily Havea Emily Havea ... Nurse Henderson
Ming-Zhu Hii ... Dr Diana Gordon
Simon Maiden ... Stem (voice)
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Storyline

Grey's a stay-at-home mechanic, whose wife is Asha. One day, Grey asks Asha to help him return a car to his client. Whilst Grey and Asha's self-driving car malfunctions, it crashes. Grey watches helplessly as Asha bleeds to death next to him. Grey returns home - a widowed quadriplegic, under the care of his mother. His wife''s death and the inability of police to identify their attackers cause him to sink into a depression. After a suicide attempt, he's offered to have high tech chip implanted - enabling him to walk. Though initially hesitant, he's persuaded to have the surgery..

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Not Man. Not Machine. More.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film has drawn a lot of comparisons to another 2018 film, Venom (2018), but Leigh Whannell said he was not familiar with the comic book character before writing the film. Interestingly the lead actors of both films, Logan Marshall-Green and Tom Hardy, bear a striking resemblance to each other. See more »

Goofs

Moments before being shut down - in time-critical scene, Stem asks Grey to write down a long URL on his hand, that Grey has trouble to keep up with. It'd make more sense for Stem to take control of his hand and "print" the URL himself, as it has already demonstrated that it can do, earlier in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Stem: Grey's not here anymore, he's in a better place, in his mind, where he wants to be, I've taken over now. A fake world is a lot less painful than the real one. All I needed was for his mind to break, and he broke it.
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Crazy Credits

In lieu of text, the production companies and title are instead narrated by an artificial female voice, represented visually by sound waves. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Upgrade/Action Point/Adrift (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Capitalism
Written by Robin Marsh, Wade Black & Damian Coward
Performed by Kollaps
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Licensed courtesy of Trait Records
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Well worth the price of a ticket
5 June 2018 | by wadler345See all my reviews

I went into this with fairly low expectations. The trailer looked good, and the cinematography looked exciting. But the premise seemed tired and worn.

*in a deep, movie-voice over voice* some guys kill his wife, and now he's seeking revenge".

But this film surpassed my expectations, and was a well-worth experience. Not only was I correct about the cinematography being exciting and engaging, but the plot actually strung together compelling way. This film came out of nowhere for me, and now, it's a memorable film that accomplishes the most important goal of any great film: gets the audience to keep wondering about it.

Since I don't want to go into spoilers, I'll say one last thing: pay attention to the Foley artist's work. The sound design is poignant and additive to the experience. It reminds me of the clever usage of music from Baby Driver. Nothing is wasted and is always enriching of the world building. With Baby Driver, the music was giving us Baby's personal experience. Here, the sound effects give us Grey's point of view. Didn't experiences, but both are elevated through sound, masterfully.

I genuinely want to see it again. If the trailer interested you at all, go see it. It's worth your while.


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

1 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stem See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,670,905, 3 June 2018

Gross USA:

$11,977,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,706,680
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Sound Mix:

DTS (HD Master Audio 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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