Blu-ray Review: Second Sight Films Delivers A Brilliant Package For Cyber Thriller UPGRADE - Movies In Focus
Upgrade seemed to come and go on its cinematic release in 2018 before hitting the home entertainment realm with little fanfare. It sure passed me by and I would like to think that the film’s new re-release from Second Sight Films will see the it embraced by a whole new audience. Writer-director Leigh Whannell’s film is an excellent cyberpunk thriller, which borrows elements from a slew of sources from the literary (Phillip K. Dick and William Gibson) to the cinematic (The Matrix, The Terminator, RoboCop, 2001: A Space Odyssey and all things David Cronenberg) to deliver a gritty and tangible neo-noir. It’s no surprise that Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions is behind this little gem, it’s a shingle that likes to keep budgets low and quality high and they’ve helped Whannell give us a film which could happily sit alongside those VHS-era sci-fi classics mentioned above. Set in the near future, Logan Marshall-Green (excellent) plays Grey Trace technological luddite who hates machines. However, when an attack leaves him paralysed and his wife dead, he embraces the opportunity to have a special chip called STEM implanted by cyber-billionaire Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson). However, STEM has a life of its own and Grey turns into [...]