Upgrade ★★★★½

I had heard all the buzz surrounding Upgrade, and am pleased to report that the buzz was indeed correct!

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, the man who wrote and acted in the first Saw movie, I knew this would not be some average sci-fi action movie. Its version of the future feels entirely possible, maybe because we grow ever closer to it. Not a lot of flashy F/X, the budget was minimal, but it more than makes up for it in its need to entertain and surprise the viewer. Plenty of exciting fight scenes!

Logan Marshall-Green, who has suffered countless comparisons to Tom Hardy, really shines here. From this point on, he deserves to stand on his own! His grief and anger are both very palpable and believable, in what could easily have come off as just another Robocop / Death Wish hybrid.

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