It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Upgrade.
A paralysed technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) receives an experimental computer implant with a mind of its own in this slick sci-fi actioner from writer-director Leigh Whannell (Saw, The Invisible Man). The revolutionary technology – known as STEM – bridges the gap between mind and limbs, and also turns its host into a killing machine able to exact vengeance on the bad guys who murdered his wife and left him a quadriplegic.
Watching the intense Marshall-Green losing control of his body is just one of the highlights of this relentlessly entertaining B-flick that upgrades the revenge tale and buddy movie with gritty neon noir and nods to ’80s films like The Terminator, Dark Angel, Videodrome and Monkey Shines.
Four reasons why Upgrade rocks:
1. It’s an affectionate throwback to the days of VHS action flicks.
2. The dynamic and inventively shot fight sequences.
3. Someone is killed by a lethal sneeze!
4. It was made in Melbourne.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.