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352 Ratings


Directed by Leigh Whannell
Australia, 2018
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama


In a utopian near-future when technology controls everything, a technophobe avenges his wife’s murder and his own paralysis-causing injury with the help of an experimental computer chip implant – STEM – that turns out to have a mind of its own.

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Upgrade Directed by Leigh Whannell

Awards & Festivals

SXSW Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Audience Award (Midnighters)

Austin Film Critics Association

2019 | Nominee: Best Stunts

What are people saying?

  • virginwolf's rating of the film Upgrade

    Well, this was a drive. You know how when you start a movie you can figure it out? And then you're kind of on autopilot (like one of the self-driving cars in the film) knowing what to expect, waiting and expecting the thrill, the twist... This?! This keeps your hands on a driving wheel, awake, careful, checking the rear window cause you're not really comfortable. ONE FUCKING HELL OF A DRIVE!

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Upgrade

    Enormously entertaining. I keep rewinding and watching scenes over and over. The camerawork was outstanding. Logan Marshall-Green can do it all. And he's quite a good actor as well. Did I mention that it's hilarious as well?

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Upgrade

    As joyously campy and surprisingly affecting as Verhoeven's original "RoboCop;" Leigh Whannell makes the most of a clever premise and expertly melds genres. The result is a dystopian kung-fu-infused, body-horror buddy-comedy revenge saga. A bleak blast.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Upgrade

    Good and gory sci-fi headtrip with a fine turn from Green and solid direction from Whanell. This is normally right up my alley but I found myself wanting more the whole time and in the end I felt the movie fell somewhat short. It does not explore and explain the world and its characters enough to make me as invested as I should have been. Still a fun and good movie.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Upgrade

    Dynamite film from 'Saw' scribe Leigh Whannell that certainly offers something special in its mix of science fiction, martial arts and revenge thriller. This Australian production is aces all around full of high kinetic energy that seldom lets up during its runtime. Marshall-Green is well cast here.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Upgrade

    This is one badass head trip of a movie that holds your attention the whole way through and will have you thinking about long after experiencing it. This is definitely one of the best science fiction pictures of recent with some exhilarating action sequences and some mind bending questions about the state of technology and how it consumes us.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Upgrade

    Low budget science-fiction and cyberpunk aesthetic gets another shot in the arm with "Upgrade." Packing in copious amounts of slickly choreographed fight sequences and grisly execution that should give video-game designers more sick ideas, it runs on the fuel of a fascinating story while employing an unwavering wacky sense of humor. More films of this caliber need to be both kinetic and sardonic.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Upgrade

    It turns out that "Insidious" scribe Leigh Whannell has had a kung fu fan inside of him all along, waiting to break out. "Upgrade" is a lean and mean little slice of near-future cyberpunk action, in the vein of "Robocop" or "Minority Report." You kind of wish it would pump the brakes to explore its world of police drones and cybernetic implants a little bit longer, but the hard R violence does not disappoint.

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