Holy heck this looks like fun!
Previously titled Stem, Upgrade has been in the works for a while now. Filmed in Melbourne last year, it’s been kept under pretty tight wraps until now, but we understand that bods who have managed to see it have lost their goddamn minds over it and it one the Audience Award at the Midnighters section of SXSW. Now there’s a trailer, and we understand why.
When quadriplegic Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is implanted with an experimental computer chip to allow use of his limbs again, he expects it’ll help him walk, run and lead an active life once more. What he doesn’t expect is for Stem, the softly-spoken AI controlling the implant (Simon Maiden), to give him a hand avenging his wife’s murder. But, as you can see, that’s exactly what happens. Stem is like J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies, only controlling Marshall-Green’s meatsack instead of Tony Stark’s tin can. Cue all manner of crazy violence as the retribution-bound man and his tiny, helpful machine go on the warpath.
This looks like an absolutely beautiful B movie, drenched in high-impact action and threaded with some sly social commentary about how Generation App likes to offload responsibility to their devices – how very Verhoeven-esque.
No hard Australian release date has been announced as of today – what the hell, guys? – but given Upgrade is set for a June 1 US theatrical, somewhere around then seems feasible.