I have to say, Blumhouse has does it again. There is honestly no other studio right now, that is doing more, with less money, than Blumhouse productions. This movie was made for 5 million dollars, and there really isn’t anywhere in it where you could be like, yeah I see where they cut some corners there. Baring the money they would have saved on the cast (in payment not talent), this is one of the best uses of 5 million that I’ve seen in the cinema in a really long time.
Upgrade tells the story of a man who gets into an accident and has his entire life changed through injury and other circumstances that eventually lead him to trying an new experimental program to regain control of his life. That being said, even where this movie can be a bit of something we’ve seen before, everything about this movie is done so originally and so well executed that it totally makes up for any possible lack of originality in any of the story aspects. It also does manage to hold some cards close to its chest and keep some things secret till the end.
One of the biggest ways in which this movie makes it mark and carves its own path is in its visuals, and thats not just about how the movie looks. A perfect examples is the way the swiftness and precision of the camera changes the more he changes. When things have to be very mechanical, so is the camera, when things needs to be really human, the camera also emphasises that. In many ways it becomes its own character and one that really helps to tell the story of this movie without adding an extra layer of exposition.
Upgrade is a really smart and really well done movie. It cuts all the fat, and manages to make what really is technically a small movie, into one that didn’t feel restricted at all. A great combination of acting, directing, editing and even score, Upgrade really punches above its weight and shows why creators need to be given a chance to execute their visions.