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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>>



  • Leigh Whannell


  • Logan Marshall-Green
  • Betty Gabriel
  • Harrison Gilbertson
  • Benedict Hardie
  • Sachin Joab
  • Christopher Kirby
  • Clayton Jacobson
  • Melanie Vallejo
  • Michael Foster


  • Jason Blum
  • Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
  • Kylie Fresne
  • Rosemary Blight
  • Ben Grant

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