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Movie Review: UPGRADE

The Invisible Man is in good hands.

Leigh Whannell, who directed UPGRADE (as well as INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER THREE and who also wrote the scripts for SAW, INSIDIOUS, and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER TWO for Blumhouse), has been handed that particular property. His resume, and especially the results he achieved with UPGRADE, bodes well for the bandaged, transparent one. Bodes well indeed.

UPGRADE is a fantastic movie. In the same way that VENOM is a werewolf movie, UPGRADE is a werewolf movie. A man possessed by something “other” that causes him to engage in hyper-violent behavior. That’s the stock formula for a werewolf. And like VENOM, UPGRADE could ostensibly be called a superhero movie, except that it is the origin story for a *supervillain.* (It’s like SPLIT in that regard.)

UPGRADE is one of those fell-through-the-cracks movies, one I wanted to see in the theater but that got lost in the shuffle of all the movies coming out last summer in rapid succession. It was worth the wait. If the movie has any flaw, and I don’t really even count this as such, it is that there is a twist ending that I figured out about a third of the way into the film. This didn’t prevent my enjoyment of the movie, though. I loved this one. I want a sequel.


The Evil Cheezman • March 8, 2019


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