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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.

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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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Did You Know?

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 that the whole thing was a plan by Stem and that Stem has been running the company, but he could have disabled Stem as it was about to be inserted in Grey, as it was offline and powerless at that time. See more »

Quotes

Grey Trace: [while being choked] Help!
Stem: I need your permission to operate independently.
Grey Trace: Permission granted.
[Stem takes control and fights the assailant]
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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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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2018 Catch-Up (part 2 of 2) (2018) See more »

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A long Black Mirror Episode
1 June 2018 | by msgobbajrSee all my reviews

Through and through this movie felt like a longer episode of black mirror. The production was higher and the cinematography was really cool. I could see how the stabilization lock on his head during fight scenes could make some people dizzy, but I thought it was a unique way of doing things. Some of the acting was sub-par during the casual interactions, but I thought the plot and action made up for it. It's thought provoking in the way Black Mirror is and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys that content and doesn't mind gore.


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