Upgrade ★★★½

I’ve wanted to see this film ever since the first red band trailer, but missed it in theaters and only later managed to buy a copy of the DVD that then sat on my shelf for longer than it needed to. But as fate would have it, a global pandemic can give you plenty of extra time on your hands. In fact, one of the last films I saw before the theaters closed, and certainly the best of the bunch, was Leigh Whannel’s “The Invisible Man” starring Elizabeth Moss. His camera work and tension building in that left me so intrigued, I had renewed interest in seeing his debut film, and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint. Whannel crafts a world that is futuristic in every aspect. There’s self-driving cars, drones that can scan your entire identity to help police catch criminals, virtual reality that you can live in, and advance robotics that can replace limbs.

Our main character of course, loathes all the new tech. Prefers to use his hands working on fixing up classic cars. Grey Trace (played by Logan Marshall-Green) dotes on his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo) and makes his money selling his cars to rich inventors. What impressed me the most about this film is the writing. There’s nothing particularly special about Trace or his wife, that’s why their mugging seems indiscriminate, but as the story continues, we see the web become weaved.

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