Movie Review: UPGRADE

I really enjoyed Upgrade, although I hadn’t even seen anything about it until the day I went to see the movie, but after reading the premise I had to watch it. I can say that I wasn’t disappointed. The movie takes place in the near future, where the technology is familiar but just more advanced. Self-driving cars, higher-tech drones, and chips that can do more than just heal a human.

But as you would expect, the technology can both be a blessing and a curse, and Logan Marshall-Green’s character, Grey, will see how much of a curse it can be. Logan does a good job of playing the anti-tech mechanic who witnesses his wife’s murder and become injured in the process. When he gets an “upgrade” by way of a surgical implant, he takes it upon himself to seek revenge on those that killed his wife, with some help from a surprising source. But as he gets deeper and deeper into his vengeance scheme, he might end up regretting the one thing he relies on.

It really was an entertaining film with a good amount of action and suspense, and rated R for a reason, so if you can handle all the violence, you just might have fun, too. What’s cool about it is that although it’s set in the future, the director has made it a good point to not overdo it with all the advanced tech a future world could have. The world still looks the same on the surface, with a few advancements, but not so much to where we can’t see those advancements coming from what we have today. Well, at least most of them.

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Aside from Marshall-Green , who’s somewhat familiar (you might remember him from Spider-Man: Homecoming or Prometheus), there are no big-named celebrity-type actors in this film, which lends itself to less “judgy” eyes and a more open-minded audience who are just wanting to watch a good movie.

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Take a moment…

Let’s just forget for a moment (or more) all about what’s to blame or who’s to blame or what could’ve been done. Let’s forget about the political statements and those vying for a political stance on this. Let’s just stop with the bickering and the hateful words for now… and mourn.  Many lives were lost in one tragic evening.  We need to mourn.
We as a country need to remember the ones that are no longer with us. Say a prayer, or whatever positive thing you want, for the families and friends that lost someone that night. The list of those identified from the Pulse massacre are below (and will continue to be filled until all are recognized.)  Read those names – they are people.  They are humans just like us.  They deserve to be mourned.  They deserve to be remembered.

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If the list is too overwhelming, pick one or two names for the day and focus on him/her.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
 
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
 
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
 
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
 
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
 
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
 
Luis S. Vielma, 22
 
Kimberly Morris, 37
 
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
 
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
 
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
 
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
 
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
 
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
 
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
 
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
 
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
 
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
 
Amanda Alvear, 25
 
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
 
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
 
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
 
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
 
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
 
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
 
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
 
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
 
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
 
Cory James Connell, 21
 
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
 
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
 
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
 
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
 
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
 
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
 
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
 
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
 
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
 
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
 
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
 
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
 
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
 
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
 
Frank Hernandez, 27
 
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
 
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Then, when you have another moment, hug/kiss your loved ones. Be a beacon of light for them. Show them how much their presence means to you. Don’t let hate or fear be who you are. Be stronger than that. Give love, accept love. Just love.

If you want to give blood:

If you’re local to the area, then you can give at OneBlood as they’re still in need of blood donations for the coming days.

If you want to help financially:

Equality Florida has created a GoFundMe page for the victims and their families.
Planting Peace has created a CrowdRise donation page to help cover funeral and medical costs.

You have a voice on social media:

Be careful with it.  Try to make your voice heard with intelligence and understanding, not anger and vitriol.  There’s enough of that type of talk out there, don’t add to it.   #stopthehate #oneheart #onelove #onepulse #weareone #gaylivesmatter #orlandostrong