Upgrade

Upgrade ★½

Exactly the type of competent low budget sci-fi that Jason Blum and his production house would sell as "highly original" to contemporary audiences that have not seen a movie before 2010. It's really not that original and despite repeatedly recycling past greatness, it never aspires to go there by itself (kinda like a lesser Oblivion), but at the same time it's slick and pacy, and discount Tom Hardy (Logan Marshall-Green of Prometheus "fame"/misfortune) makes us sympathize with an underwritten protagonist. A disposable 100 minute romp that should have chosen between being smarter (the reloading shotgun arms were supremely dumb) or schlockier, ala Venom. And I can't end this without mentioning that Repo Men ripped off Brazil's ending much better - and spilled more blood in the process.