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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.

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Leigh Whannell

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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 ... Jeff Handley
Abby Craden ... Kara
Harrison Gilbertson ... Eron Keen
Benedict Hardie ... Fisk
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
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Storyline

Director/writer Leigh Whannell presents a vision of a Utopian future where technology is supremely ubiquitous. In that future, technophobe Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) embraces an experimental computer chip implant named STEM after a mugging incident leaves him paralyzed and his wife dead. STEM proves to possess its own agency, making for an unpredictable ally in Trace's vendetta.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,871,365
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The chip is running Linux, as is shown by the shutdown command "sudo shutdown -h now," which should be taken as an in-joke.

(shutdown -h now is a protected command saying shut down and power off, so the prefix "sudo" says go to superuser first; presumably it would ask for the user's password next.) See more »

Goofs

Eron says he's been following Stem's instructions because he had no other option, but he could have disabled Stem at any point, as he does when it is already too late and Stem is able to find a hacker to save it. See more »

Quotes

Grey Trace: Stem, what do you think I should do?
Stem: Move Grey!
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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 »

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

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A lesson in low budget film.
19 August 2018 | by louish-38117See all my reviews

Brilliant.

This movie is proof that you don't need all the special effects in the world to make an amazing sci fi movie. This is low budget done right (think Ex Machina).

I signed up to IMDB to review this movie, I was that impressed. I see tons of people making that remark about films but honestly, this movie is unbelievable and for any sci fi fan out there, you need to watch this.

I went in blind, no trailer, no knowledge of the movie what so ever and I would advise you do the same.

The plot is simple, it's a revenge story that's been done countless times, yet it feels so fresh, acting Is slightly suspect throughout the first 10-15 minutes but the story will grip you, be patient.

Honestly, I don't want to give anything away so just watch this movie.

9.5/10

Easily my favourite sci fi for a LONG time.

Enjoy.


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