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MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong violence, grisly images, and language.
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Horror Sci-Fi Action Comedy Thriller
1 hr. 35 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
June 1, 2018 (wide—1,457 theaters)
DVD: August 28, 2018
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Featuring: Logan Marshall-Green … Grey Trace
Richard Anastasios … Wan
Rosco Campbell … VR guy
Richard Cawthorne … Serk
Linda Cropper … Pamela
Michael M. Foster … Jeffries
Betty Gabriel … Cortez
Harrison Gilbertson … Eron
Benedict Hardie … Fisk
Clayton Jacobson … Manny
Sachin Joab … Dr. Bhatia
Christopher Kirby … Tolan
Simon Maiden … Stem
Melanie Vallejo … Asha Trace
Director: Leigh Whannell—“Saw” (2004), “Insidious” (2011), “Insidious: Chapter 3” (2015)
Producer: Goalpost Pictures [Australia]
Blumhouse Productions
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Distributor: BH Tilt (Blumhouse)

“Not man. Not machine. More.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Grey Trace, a technophobe in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly everything - from cars to crime-surveillance - is paralyzed in a freak mugging. But when a billionaire technologist offers him an experimental paralysis cure, an implanted computer chip called STEM. Grey finds that the chip has a voice and a mind of its own.”

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Secular Movie Critics
…An irresistibly gory science-fiction melodrama, is B-movie schlock done right. …
Simon Abrams,
…What Whannell wants most to do is torment and eventually pulverize most of the people in his narrative orbit and make you laugh while he does so. …
Dave White, The Wrap
…“Upgrade” is a brutish, efficient and well-executed slice of cyberpunk action horror with a silly streak. …
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…No need to see Upgrade when you’ve already seen it 1,000 times… As a movie, it’s the cinematic equivalent of paint-by-numbers: competent, attractive even, but take a single step closer and the lines peek through. … [C-]
Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
…The film isn’t a dud—it “delivers the goods” in a certain reductive, baseline action-fanboy way. Yet Upgrade is the sort of movie that thinks it’s more ingenious than it is, starting with the premise, which is a semi-catchy, semi-stupido hoot in a way that the movie couldn’t have completely intended. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…Whannell is learning how forward motion can allow a filmmaker to get away with some pretty outlandish brutality. I wish the talk-dependent sequences weren’t so foreshadowed and clunky…
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…Whannell’s finite reserves of creativity have been meted out in an imbalance, going all in on world-building while giving the fight choreography and the cinematography listlessly documenting it the short shrift. …
Charles Bramesco, The Guardian [UK]