Netflix Gets The Best Sci-Fi Action Thriller In Years That Puts Black Mirror To Shame

By Britta DeVore | Published

Netflix is filled with many choices for every genre under the sun, giving audiences so much content that sometimes you just find yourself scrolling away until bedtime. If you’re looking for a sci-fi action flick this weekend, scroll no further as Upgrade the movie is available on the streamer. Backed by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, this one has a heavy side of thrill and chill, making it perfect for your next movie night.

Upgrade Is One Of The Best Sci-Fi Films In Years

Starring Logan Marshall-Green (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as a man named Grey Trace, Upgrade is a movie that centers around Grey’s dance with AI after he’s left paralyzed following a violent mugging. The horrifying incident left Grey’s wife dead, and with no hope of ever walking again, when a billionaire seeks out Grey and says he can help, Grey takes him up on his invention – an AI implant that will override his paralysis.

But restoring his movement isn’t all. Grey soon discovers the implant gives him enhanced strength, coordination, and a Sherlock Holmes-level eye for detail, all things that he takes as a sign to use against those who tore his life apart. 

Along with Marshall-Green, Upgrade also sees Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and Harrison Gilbertson (My Mistress) in starring roles in the twisted sci-fi movie. It served as the sophomore directorial feature for Leigh Whannell following his work on Insidious: Chapter 3. Whannell also penned the production’s screenplay, and we’d wager this isn’t the first time you’ve seen his name attached to a film.

Prior to his work on Upgrade, Whannel had already made a huge name for himself in the movie industry, working with his close friend and fellow filmmaker James Wan on a slew of Wan’s projects, including the first three titles in the Saw franchise, Dead Silence, and all five chapters of the Insidious film series.

Upgrade’s Director Keeps Churning Out Low-Key Hits

After tackling directing through Insidious: Chapter 3 and Upgrade, Whannel would shift his focus to Universal’s 2020 reboot of The Invisible Man, the success of which made him the perfect choice for the studio when they were searching for a helmer for their upcoming supernatural horror reboot, Wolf Man

Blumhouse Has Become A Mark Of Quality

As we mentioned at the top, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions was the primary company backing Upgrade, and considering their track record with movies, it’s no surprise that the critics reacted so well. You may know Blumhouse for a host of different titles, including Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us, Mike Flanagan’s Oculus and Hush, Scott Derrickson’s Sinister and The Black Phone, and Gerard Johnstone’s M3GAN.

Essentially, if Blumhouse is attached, you’ve almost always got a surefire hit on your hands. In the future, audiences can expect Blumhouse to bring highly-anticipated titles like Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, M3GAN 2.0, and Speak No Evil to the big screen.

Upgrade Is Now On Netflix

Out of everything that Netflix has to offer subscribers in the realm of sci-fi, Upgrade is easily one of the most overlooked movies on their list. If you’re into trippy and mind-bending shows like Black Mirror and enjoy a little twist of horror to the genre like that which comes from The Cloverfield Paradox, you’ll definitely want to add Upgrade to your queue for your next spooky sci-fi night.