Upgrade (Leigh Whannell, 2018)

Grey Trace is a simple mechanic in a technologically advanced world. He asks his wife, Asha, who is an employee for a tech company, to help him return a refurbished car to his client, Eron Keen. Eron is a renowned tech innovator, and when the two of them visit him, he unveils his latest creation: STEM – a multipurpose chip with nearly unlimited potential. On the way home, Grey and Asha’s self-driving car malfunctions and crashes. Four men accost the couple, killing Asha and shooting Grey through the neck, severing his spinal cord. Left quadriplegic and in the care of his mother, Pamela, Grey sinks into a depression. Aron visits Grey shortly thereafter, promising that STEM may allow him to walk again.

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June 2018 in Summary: Halfway Point

Well, we’ve all reached the year’s halfway point. I’m proud to say that I’ve already written twenty-eight reviews so far. With me having taken down my review of BioShock: Infinite earlier this year, the current count is 127. My goal by the end of the year is to reach 150, which I’m feeling good about because I’ve been able to write at least one review per week so far in 2018.

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Reel Life #5: Upgrade, Floating Weeds, and You’re Next

When it came to films, this ended up being an incongruous week. Unlike with video games, I usually don’t go out of my way to see a bad film, so I walk out of most of them with a positive attitude. This suits me just fine when it comes to writing about them, because I’d rather recommend a good film than bash a bad one; indeed, the worst I tend to see are the critical darlings that don’t live up to the hype.  Keeping that in mind, I’m sorry to say that only one of the following films will receive a passing verdict from me this time around.

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