‘Upgrade’ Trailer: Ultra-Violent Cyberpunk Cheese

I’m here for this, dude. A bit of the old ultraviolent, cyberpunk cheese. Just self-aware enough to skate on its absurdity, more than enough tech-based violence to satisfy the cyber-bro in me.


Are you ready for some hyper-violent science fiction starring a guy who looks like Tom Hardy, but isn’t? Leigh Whannell, the writer of Saw and creator of the Insidious franchise, is here to scratch your itch with Upgrade, a piece of hardcore pulp entertainment starring Logan Marshall Green that won the Midnighter Audience Award at this year’s SXSW film festival.

Blumhouse Tilt just released a red-band Upgrade trailer, and if you’re even remotely interested in sci-fi or action filmmaking, stop what you’re doing, because you need to see this right now.
Upgrade Trailer

The revenge plot is pure pulp, and adding the fact that Logan Marshall Green’s character (whose name is Grey Trace, an excellent action character name) is being controlled by his operating system could not possibly be more perfectly timed to current events in our world right now. Little by little, we’re all constantly ceding control of our lives to companies like Facebook and Google, so why not take that idea to its logical conclusion?

This also reminds me of a cross between the Bourne movies, in which Matt Damon unlocks a latent ability to kick ass, and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, in which Matt Damon is operated on and given a high-powered exoskeleton. This should have starred Matt Damon, is what I’m saying.