Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
After hearing sporting events and movies being suspended or delayed because of the coronavirus, I went to the library to look for something to cheer me up. I picked up one that I haven’t seen in a long time! Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade.
Upgrade is about a man who becomes a quadriplegic after a mugging that got his wife killed. One day, he gets a computer chip implanted in his head, and he vows to get revenge against the men who took away the woman he ever loved.
This was Blumhouse at their best! Back when they were coming out with awesome horror films like Insidious, Oculus, The Gift, and Get Out, I was already a fan of the company after seeing some mediocre films like The Purge, Happy Death Day, and The Green Inferno. But with this one, I was curious to see it after seeing the trailer. Of course, I was dumb enough to wait for Upgrade to come out to Redbox. But I was blown away with how it turned out! Here is a film that was given a concept of Death Wish and Robocop, and was done with an incredible original plot, thanks to Mr. Whannell!
The acting from its well known actor was fantastic! Logan Marshall-Green was awesome for playing this leading character! He was just a normal guy when this horrible incident happened to him. You can feel his pain, and you root for him when he’s getting payback! Until you realize who’s idea it was all along to be the mastermind. Also the visuals, the action scenes, and the music were outstanding to have it set in a dystopian future!
For a filmmaker who knows about horror films, Leigh Whannell sure does know how to make one. This past Monday, I went to see The Invisible Man. And I thought it was brilliant! I thought it was a smart, mature, and clever modern take on a serious subject for a reboot. But anyway, back to Upgrade. I loved how he constructed the action scenes as the camera moved in insane ways, and made an interesting and intelligent screenplay! I loved his collaboration with James Wan when they did Saw and Insidious in their careers, and I can’t wait to see what else Whannell does next!
Speaking of Blumhouse, I just got done checking out The Hunt in theaters so I will release it sometime this weekend. If none of you who’s reading this haven’t seen Upgrade, I definitely recommend it to those who are sci-fi or action flick fans! Buy it if you can’t find it on a streaming service. I promise you, it’s worth your time and money.
I’m giving Upgrade 4 stars!