The first time I have saw the trailer for this movie, I was not impressed. Yes sure, it was sci-fi, but it looked cheap, straight for VOD. You know, the ones that try to look glossy and dystopic at the same time, have no real budget so they try to compensate with the mood, camera work and promising acting talent that nobody has heard of, but basically look like that TV movie you saw like 20 years ago. Just go on Netflix and you can find 20 examples within 30 seconds after reaching the SF section. However, I was surprised when the movie actually came out and was declared a sleeping hit. Now that I have seen the movie, I can understand why. This is one of the best cyberpunk films in years! Some spoilers might follow.
In short, the story goes like this: Grey lives in a highly technological world, where people are so plugged in, they literally have physical enhancements. Grey, however, is not into that, he is what you might call, a technophobe. One evening, he and his wife are attacked, she gets killed and Grey is left paralyzed from the neck down. After receiving a very experimental, and not quite legal treatment, in form of a chip implanted in the back of his neck, Grey is fully functional again and goes on a revenge tour. But he gets more than he bargains for, as the chip has a mind of its own.
I also enjoyed the goons that Grey needs to find and fight. They too are enhanced, even more so than Grey, so the confrontations are not exactly even. And it was it was refreshing to finally see some bad guys with the best toys that did not went to the storm trooper academy of target shooting and actually knew how to use their gear, whether we are talking about various kinds of vision, shotguns implanted in arms or nanobot projectile weapons. All of these are used great skill and make a most satisfying watch. At this point I do have to point out that the movie can get rather gory, but it never goes over the top.
So, yeah, this is definitely one of the best movies of the summer. Right now it is in my top 10 for 2018, although, there is still quite a lot of 2018 left, so we will see if it manages to stick around. Too bad that it went mostly unnoticed, but it has what it takes to become a cult classic. And it did make enough box office to become profitable, so maybe we might even see a sequel, if they crack the story.