Director/writer Leigh Whannell presents a vision of a Utopian future where technology is supremely ubiquitous. In that future, technophobe Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) embraces an experimental computer chip implant named STEM after a mugging incident leaves him paralyzed and his wife dead. STEM proves to possess its own agency, making for an unpredictable ally in Trace’s vendetta.
User Reviews: I went into this with fairly low expectations. The trailer looked good, and the cinematography looked exciting. But the premise seemed tired and worn.
*in a deep, movie-voice over voice* some guys kill his wife, and now he’s seeking revenge".
But this film surpassed my expectations, and was a well-worth experience. Not only was I correct about the cinematography being exciting and engaging, but the plot actually strung together compelling way. This film came out of nowhere for me, and now, it’s a memorable film that accomplishes the most important goal of any great film: gets the audience to keep wondering about it.
Since I don’t want to go into spoilers, I’ll say one last thing: pay attention to the Foley artist’s work. The sound design is poignant and additive to the experience. It reminds me of the clever usage of music from Baby Driver. Nothing is wasted and is always enriching of the world building. With Baby Driver, the music was giving us Baby’s personal experience. Here, the sound effects give us Grey’s point of view. Didn’t experiences, but both are elevated through sound, masterfully.
I genuinely want to see it again. If the trailer interested you at all, go see it. It’s worth your while.