Upgrade ★★★½

From Leigh Whannell, the screenwriter of Saw and Insidious. Neon-lit retro 80s action sci-fi thriller with a lead who resembles Tom Hardy (Logan Marshall-Green). He does a good job in a physically demanding role. In terms of inclusiveness, refreshing to see a disabled character is given screen time albeit I have read a review by a disabled who found the movie fine but slightly offensive that a man is rescued from “suffering the apparently unspeakable horror of living with limitations”. Same reviewer argues Upgrade doesn’t address the emotional transition as much as it could have.

What stands out the most are the fight sequences and futuristic gadgets. These are spoilery so I won’t reveal them here. Let’s just say the action goes into video game territory and is pretty violent in places.
I’m not sure what to make of the ending which I loved for the surprising twist and chilling impact yet the message felt a bit ’been there before.’ My enjoyment was similar to The Guest (2014), another retro 80s thriller, although the 2018 film had a stronger last act.
It was announced in May 2020 that the movie Upgrade would be getting a sequel tv series produced by Blumhouse.

Question: which are your favorite performances in science fiction films?

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