Lou (2022)

Works well as a rain-soaked, chilly/ing to the bone thriller; Lou is badass (see her shoulder pop-in and “Fuck!”), the violence is brutal (see the cabin fight), the villain is frightening, and the cinematography and music are both excellent (see the haunting opening sequence). It falls apart, unfortunately, when it overcomplicates things with a lackluster twist, puncturing the cool air of mystery around the central character and muddying up the climactic third act with tons of¬†exposition.

Upgrade (2018)


Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (IMDb)
A pretty standard revenge plot (cool twist/ending aside) is elevated by some interesting sci-fi schlock, along with some creative choreography/cinematography (see that spinning camera during fight scenes; the “first person shooter” angle), strong supporting performances (see Hardie as the chilling Fisk; Gilbertson as the troubled Eron) and dashes of surprising humour from Marshall-Green’s refreshingly dynamic take on the man-on-a-revenge-mission trope (“you didn’t know that I was a ninja!”).
7.5/10 (Really Good)