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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Review: If I Stay (Movie)

When one reads a book and loves it, imagining their own vision of all that is indicated in the novel, it can sometimes be hard to take in a movie adaptation of that book.

More often than not, movies fail to grasp the details of the book that make it loved by the fans, and thus become less than stellar in the box office.  It could be in the screenplay, or the fact that your favorite scene(s) is not included for whatever reason, or that it’s just not delivered correctly, or, heaven forbid, the actor portraying the character doesn’t have – o.m.g. (by the way, I hate when people actually say “Oh Em Gee”) – the right eye color!  Yes, fans are really that bad sometimes.  Anyway, these all factor into the success of a movie adapted from a book.

Well, for the first time in while, especially because this is adapted from a Young Adult novel, I watched If I Stay without having read the book first.

Crazy, I know.  But I had my reasons at the time, but I felt ready to watch it.  I basically already knew the gist of the plot, so I wasn’t going in completely blind, but I certainly didn’t go in with already envisioned the characters as I would have if I’d read the book.  And honestly, I completely understand it when people say they’d rather see the movie first before reading the book.  I also completely understand that the book is almost always better (unless the book actually isn’t that good).

Let’s get on with this review.

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