kynky’s review published on Letterboxd:
It was great seeing Leigh Whannell & James Wan show up in "Not Quite Hollywood" talking about how they were inspired by the wealth of Ozploitation movies churned out during their formative years.
Whilst Jame Wan has gone on to be the bigger name, Leigh was co writer of some of the Saw & Insidious movies and features as the character Specs in the Insidious franchise.
He made his directorial debut on Insidious 3 but it's here in his second movie that he really gets to show off his influences!
Body horror, cyberpunk, martial arts, gun play, car chases, gore and so much more that wouldn't look out of place in one of those mid 80's movies he grew up on.
The premise is straight forward enough, a technophobic man is crippled after an assault only to be given a computer chip to allow him to walk again. He then decides to go after those that attacked him.
It's visually stunning, has some great fight choreography, interesting camera techniques and a score I've been listening to for months. It does seem to run out of steam in the final act but it's easily one of the better films I've seen this year and proof that Leigh does not need to go down the F&F/Aquaman route that his writing partner did.