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"UPGRADE"
(2018) (Logan Marshall-Green, Harrison Gilbertson) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi/Thriller: After an attack leaves his wife dead and him a quadriplegic, an old-school man gets a high tech upgrade that allows him to do amazing things while searching for those responsible for the assault.
PLOT:
Grey Trace (LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN) is an old-school sort of guy who tries to eschew modern technology as much as he can. Unlike his wife, Asha (MELANIE VALLEJO), and the rest of the world that relies on home-based AI and self-driving cars, Grey would rather get his hands dirty and do things the old-fashioned way.

His anti-technology stance is yanked into the spotlight when his and Asha's self-driving car malfunctions and crashes. They're pulled from the wreckage by a number of partially masked thugs led by Fisk (BENEDICT HARDIE), but are then attacked by them, leaving Asha dead and Grey a paraplegic. Enter Grey's latest vintage car customer, Eron King (HARRISON GILBERTSON), who offers the grief-ridden man a bit of physical salvation. Via a computer chip called STEM inserted at the point of Grey's severed spine, the self-admitted low-tech man will get a high-tech upgrade that will allow him to walk again.

Grey is initially reluctant, but agrees to the procedure and related non-disclosure arrangement, mainly because it will make finding the perps and bringing them to justice easier, what with local Det. Cortez (BETTY GABRIEL) getting nowhere on that front. What Grey doesn't bargain for, however, is that STEM not only will talk to him inside his head, but with permission will also be able to take control of Grey's body and get him out of precarious situations.

From that point on, Grey continues to pretend he's a quadriplegic to the rest of the world, all while he uses STEM to help him track down Fisk and the other assailants, unaware of how far the computer chip will go in the name of self-preservation.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those into futuristic high-tech sci-fi films might show some interest, which could also hold true for anyone who's a fan of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, grisly images, and language.


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