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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2018

Action, Horror, Science fiction
Leigh Whannell's low-budget horror feature reminds me of the goofy genre mash-ups made by Brian De Palma in the 1960s and '70s (Hi, Mom!, Phantom of the Paradise) and Takashi Miike in the 1990s and the aughts (Fudoh: The New Generation, The Happiness of the Katakuris). Whannell steals from so many different movies—and does it so cheerfully—that Upgrade stops feeling derivative and starts looking like a collage, with the recycled elements forming a new sensibility. Like the De Palma and Miike films, this one takes place in a self-aware cinematic world where taboos don't exist and anything is possible, the writer-director hurling out narrative developments and sci-fi conceits. Continue reading>>


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Horror director Leigh Whannell rips off so many other movies that his new feature becomes a collage. »

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Director: Leigh Whannell
Producer: Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Kylie Fresne, Rosemary Blight and Ben Grant
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, Sachin Joab, Christopher Kirby, Clayton Jacobson, Melanie Vallejo and Michael Foster

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