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Upgrade (2018)

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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

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 ... 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

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

Sound Mix:

DTS (HD Master Audio 5.1)

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

During the car chase, the same overhead road signs appear at least twice (most noticeably one with "3 1/2" in the lower right corner). 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 »

Connections

Featured in Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Upgrade (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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Wasn't what I expected

The commericals made Upgrade look like merely a sci-fi action/revenge flick, which it kind of is, but there was more to it than I expected. I'm glad I saw this.

The film contains tight directing, acting, and music as well as some creative kills. I was very impressed with some of the futuristic decor in this.

The plot is fluid and competently handled. Though some parts are predictable, the movie really did play against expectations in one part I won't give away, and overall the film does a good job of surprising.

The film does get darker than I expected, but I understand where the filmmakers were going and credit them for taking risks.


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