Upgrade

Upgrade ★★★

The ridiculously slick look of Upgrade and the effective world-building it makes for, are the strongest aspects of this film. Same goes for the action-sequences, playful yet with awe-inspiring style. Yet while I guess you could argue for some class-conscious criticism under the surface, much of this film feels like set-dressing for action to hide the empty space underneath. Logan Marshall-Green’s performance does deliver the necessary sympathy, but his character and forced revenge-motive is bafflingly slim. Every character here is thin, the script is barren and peeling away the skin reveals some very familiar elements. Yet with such a strong surface, Upgrade nonetheless succeeds in making you forget all its flaws for an enjoyable 90 minutes.

2018

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