So, how do I put this simply? What we have here is essentially the concept behind the 'Six Million Dollar Man', but set as a revenge film. And if you know me, you know I love me a good revenge film.
We open up this one by meeting the lovely couple, Gary and Asha Trace (Logan Marshall-Green and Melanie Vallejo, respectively). Gary, working as a mechanic, finishes up a car for a client and asks Asha to come with him to deliver, as he wants to show her some of the technology this guy Eron (Harrison Gilbertson) is perfecting. Here, we are introduced to the idea of "STEM"; something to serve as an artificial brain in order to assist the handicapped.
On the way home, Asha's self-driving car crashes horribly, and the two of them are pretty much left for dead by a few cruel strangers - namely Asha. However, Gary doesn't die so much as get severely injured. As a result, as one could imagine, he eventually gets hooked up with STEM as a sort of guinea pig. The main issue, however, is that STEM works almost too well, as it assists him with not only walking and movement again, but all out vigilante revenge, helping him to seek out those who murdered his wife.
Some parts of it provide its audience with a sort of cautionary tale about technology taking us over. But for the most part, it's like watching 'John Wick' if John was being controlled by artificial intelligence. The film carries a beautifully dark sense of humour with it, as whenever STEM does help Gary out, it does so in such brutal fashion to can't help but laugh with the movie at how over the top awesomely violent it gets - especially when Gary doesn't necessarily want to kill.
Although it may be somewhat predictable as to what exactly is going on in the movie, it doesn't prevent the fun-factor from being fairly abundant throughout the movie. I watched this with a smile on my face the whole time - not because it was funny, but because I kept finding new and cool things to enjoy about it as it unfolded - and again, I do love a good revenge plot.
To top it all off, this one has one of those interesting endings where you think it's gonna end very cheaply, as though the writers just gave up. However, stick around long enough for that rug to get pulled out from underneath you, because the full ending is actually pretty awesome, in my humble opinion. I loved this movie, and there's a very good chance it'll end up making my overall Top 5 for the end-of-year list.
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