My favorite film of SXSW Midnighter selection of 2018. The SXSW audience also agree as they gave it the award of best midnight movie of SXSW 2018. This is a great genre film. The way I would describe it as the $6 million-dollar man meets HAL 9000 via Death Wish. The film is the 2nd feature film from director Leigh Whannel, the Co-writer of the first Saw film. In this film he moves away a little from his horror roots to make a Sci-Fi Thriller. After this film I want to see him tackle other genres.
The film is stars Logan Marshall Green as a car mechanic that while out on a date with his girlfriend their attacked by a group of thugs. She is killed in the confrontation and he is left a paraplegic. After the incident he is visited by one of his rich clients and he gives him the opportunity to be part of an experiment in which there going to connect an AI to his central nervous system. The AI gives him back the ability to walk and the fighting ability of Captain America. He teams up with the AI to find the men that were responsible for the death of his girlfriend. This film becomes a buddy revenge film as he and the AI team up the get these men. The AI fights for him when he gets in trouble. The fight scenes are amazingly choreographed because it shows him just looking perplexed as the AI is controlling his body during the fight
This picture wouldn’t be good if he didn’t have great antagonist and in this film he fights against other enhance people. In his journey he is trying to maintain his humanity as he suspects that the AI might be slowly taking more control of his body. This film feels like the type of film that Paul Verhoeven made in the late 80s and early 90s. You get a great Sci-Fi story with jaw-droppingly violent fight sequences. This is a Sci-Fi genre story with a heart; I didn’t get one bit bore about this film. It had me from the beginning.
I recommend that you don’t wait for this film come to home video. You need to watch this film at theater, with its great sound and amazing shots. If you like a good sci fi story; then go watch Upgrade.