Boof65’s review published on Letterboxd:
Now THIS was great fun!!
Set in the not-too-distant future, Aussie director Leigh Whannell presents us with the vision of a world that has continued to advance technologically, but not to the point that it is unrecognisable by today's tech savvy standards, thus establishing a challenging yet comprehensible canvas for the events about to unfold.
Tom Hardy look-alike Logan Marshall-Green is excellent as Grey Trace, a man grounded in more manual times, whose world is turned upside down when a seemingly random attack leaves his wife dead and him a paraplegic. Initially suicidal and consumed by grief, Grey's life is given renewed purpose when tech guru Eron Keen offers him the opportunity to trial Stem, a cutting-edge "micro brain" that fuses with his spinal cortex to restore mobility and provide him with abilities that will allow him to track down his wife's killers.
Yes, there WILL be twists and turns!
Upgrade is fresh and original with its own unique look and feel. The action is relentless, the fight sequences are brilliantly choreographed and there are elements of humour infused into the chaos.... Think RoboCop meets The Matrix !!
I was suitably impressed!!
* Watch out for the shout-out to Whannell's Saw co-creator James Wan, whose name is briefly shown on the residents list of the derelict hackers' building.