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Upgrade ★★★½

Robocop meets Elon Musk.

One of the best indie action films I've ever seen, and one of the most creative action films in quite a while. It goes 100% on its gimmick, and delivers on its promise for gore. Yeah. Holy fuck it's gory!

I didn't expect it to be this good. It's the best possible '80s homage, in that it wraps a totally-'80s plot in a gorgeous modern package, with sleak production design and whip-fast cinemtography. The action is refreshingly unique, and it doesn't cheat with fast editing or poor choreography. Just fast shots whipping back and forth tangent with the protagonist. Really unique sensation. 

Great performances, some great lines, killer soundtrack, innovative camerawork, what am I missing?

...oh yeah! Such an amazing "fuck you" ending to top it all off. 

There's some writing/pacing issues and some exposition-heavy dialogue that hammers the themes in a little too hard, but the delivery of most of that dialogue is so slick that I really didn't think about it until after.

Go see it, there isn't much out there like it coming out these days.

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