It's like 'Black Mirror' times 1000
Gorehounds, gather! Upgrade, the hyped new horror movie from genre don Leigh Whannell, the screenwriter whose writing credits include the massively influential, James Wan-directed likes of Saw, Dead Silence and Insidious, now has an extremely exciting new trailer. Whannell also directed the movie (his only previously credit is 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3) and looks to have picked up a great deal of visual panache from long-term collaborator Wan.
The plot resembles something that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker would come up with if he happened to be experiencing a particularly difficult time in his personal life. You know it’s good, because the film was produced by low budget production team Blumhouse Productions, who were behind 2017 hit Get Out.
Initially, the movie looks like a typical post-Taken revenge thriller in which the fabulously named Grey Tace (played by Tom Hardy lookalike Logan Marshall-Green) seeks to avenge his wife’s murder by accepting a body implant that turns him into some kind of violent super-soldier. As you can see in the trailer above, Grey hands over permission to the computer in his body just as you would ask Alexa to play your favourite party banger. In both instances, you’re out of control, baby.
Gasp! As Grey dislocates a man’s jaw in extremely harrowing fashion! Howl! As he produces a knife from nowhere and sticks it to an assailant who frankly bloody deserved it! Wonder! If you can get your hands on one of these computer chips to help you get down the front row of a particularly packed gig!
The film premiered at Austin culture festival South By South West last month – in the middle of the night, naturally – and was met with buzzy reviews for its outlandish premise and innovative set-pieces. Popular movie blog Slashfilm even compared it to Spike Jonze’s acclaimed 2013 romantic drama, describing Upgrade as “Her as a gory action movie”. Welcome to the future, readers, and please hold on to your jaws.