The first trailer for Upgrade, the new ultra-violent sci-fi thriller starring Tom Hardy lookalike Logan Marshall-Green has landed and it’s already looking like a must-see.
Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, who is best known for his work on Saw and Insidious, it’s a classic revenge thriller, albeit with a sci-fi twist.
Depicting a hyper-violent vision of the future, Marshall-Green stars as Grey Trace, a man who is left paralysed after a brutal mugging that also results in the murder of his wife.
He’s soon approached by a by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body.
The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.
Fusing elements of Charles Bronson’s Death Wish with just a touch of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, Upgrade looks fast, frenetic and very, very violent.
Visually arresting and full of memorable action set pieces and frenetically-executed fight scenes, the movie even features one bad guy with a gun built-in to his actual arm.
It’s also great to see Marshall-Green in a starring role. Often noted for his physical resemblance to Hardy, he’s previously enjoyed bit-part roles in Prometheus and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is a great step up though and just rewards for an actor who shone in the complex and criminally underrated series Quarry, which was cancelled after just one season.
That’s possibly why everyone at loaded is already excited for its release, with the film set to arrive in the UK on August 31st.
Already a modest box office hit in the US, there could even be scope for a sequel. Because everything gets a sequel these days.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.