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Average User Score: 7.8Jun 5, 2018Have you even wondered what James O'Barr's "The Crow" would be like if it traded in it's gothic poerty for a copy of William Gibson'sHave you even wondered what James O'Barr's "The Crow" would be like if it traded in it's gothic poerty for a copy of William Gibson's Neuromancer? In my opinion it would be Leigh Whannell's UPGRADE. While the first 15 minutes of the movies slow pace and seemingly scattershot plot points may have you running for the door, those that stick with the film are rewarded with a visually striking film that carefully balances a timely socially conscious cyber punk narrative with a gritty tale of revenge. At the heart of the film is a debate about what we're willing to give up as a society for the coveinence afforded to us by articficial inteligence. Our present see's us concerned how much personal privacy we're willing to exchange for the convenience of gps guidance, social networking, predictive texting, and automated scheduling. Upgrade's future asks what paraplegic Grey Trace might have to sacrifice to an AI for a functional body, and a chance for revenge. His Privacy? Almost certainly. His humanity and free will? Quite possibly.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Sep 16, 2011Wow, I can not remember the last time I was so thoroughly disappointed in a film. It would be unfair to insist that this film does everythingWow, I can not remember the last time I was so thoroughly disappointed in a film. It would be unfair to insist that this film does everything possible wrong. The shootout in the hotel was fantastically edited. It had just the right punch, but even that was ruined when the driver awkwardly pulls back into the darkness.
It might be easier to just list the faults
Wooden awkward bland leads.
Long horrifically pointless pauses in plot progression
Poorly executed pastiche 80's style in a film that takes place in the present.
I'd like the think if the film were a half hour shorter and actually took place in the 80's instead of being crudely styled as such in post, it would have been a few notches better. Maybe a 4. But this was horrific. Everything you need to know about this film can be found in the trailer.
Gosling blandly recites, "I don't shoot people, I drive" followed by a 3 seconds later cut to him in a gun fight. I cannot remember the last time I attended a film where the bar was set so ridiculously low, and everyone involved failed to reach it. SKIP THIS. the best analogy for this film is as follows. Suppose you would desperately like some gold, and a gentleman, let's call him Nicolas Winding Refn, offers to sell you three pounds of gold at market price. You pay the man, and he hands you a box and runs away. You open the box and find half a pound of gold covered in 2 and a half pounds of feces. That is what this movie is, half a pound of gold, covered in two and a half pounds of feces. I went with two friends, and everyone in the theater hated the film. I haven't lead an entire auditorium in angry laughter like this since Sucker Punch,.
It's a film so poor, and so surprisingly well reviewed, that I forced myself to sign up for a metacritic account, just to try and warn people. AVOID THIS FILM LIKE THE PLAGUE!… Expand