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Netflix has recently added some new licensed films, one of which is “Upgrade,” a 2018 R-rated action film that is currently ranked #3 on the service. The movie is based on a fascinating concept where a paralyzed man is given an AI implant that enhances his body’s capabilities, giving him superhuman speed and strength to seek revenge on those who killed his wife. Despite having a relatively unknown cast, including Logan Marshall-Green, the film received positive reviews from both critics and audiences with an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Marshall-Green delivers a strong performance in a role that requires a lot of physical exertion due to the AI controlling his body during action scenes. Director Leigh Whannell, who also directed the well-received “The Invisible Man” in 2020, brings the concept to life effectively. “Upgrade” had a modest box office performance, making around $16 million globally on a $3 million budget. However, the film is now gaining popularity on Netflix, attracting millions of viewers.

While there has not been a sequel to “Upgrade,” the resurgence in popularity on Netflix could potentially lead to one in the future. The film is often compared to action movies like “Nobody” and “Taken,” featuring a one-man wrecking crew seeking revenge, but with a unique sci-fi twist. Clocking in at just an hour and a half, “Upgrade” is a fast-paced and violent watch that may not be suitable for all audiences. Despite this, it is recommended for fans of action and sci-fi genres.

With its engaging concept and strong performances, “Upgrade” offers a thrilling viewing experience that has captivated audiences on Netflix. The film’s blend of action and sci-fi elements, along with its fast pacing, makes it a must-watch for fans of the genre. While it may not have received a sequel, the film’s newfound popularity on streaming platforms could potentially lead to further exploration of its intriguing premise. As viewers continue to discover and enjoy “Upgrade,” it is poised to become a cult favorite in the realm of action movies.

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