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Upgrade & Tag - Double Header Review

In this week's edition of the Double-Header Review, we're reviewing two movies which are not a gigantic success, but, they're on my watchlist for a long time, and I had the chance to check them out in the past ten days cause it's very much significant to relax and watch these under-the-radar movies once in a while.

Upgrade made 12.5 million worldwide with a production budget of 3-5 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%. Tag made 77.3 million worldwide from its 28 million dollar production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 55%.

"Upgrade" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is one of those movies where a majority of fans cheered for it online when it initially released to the public, but it didn't go on to become a surprise hit, unlike every other Blumhouse film. Starring Logan Marshall-Green in the lead role, the story takes place in a futuristic world where Grey, a vintage car mechanic finds himself paralysed in a hopeless situation and receives indecisive help from his friend, who promises to make him ordinary by injecting an experimental A.I stem into his body.

Like I tweeted on the day I saw this film, I'm very much confident that this movie will remain as the Best Action Movie of the Year by the end of 2018 cause the action scenes in Upgrade were one of the most stylishly shot and remarkably choreographed ones I've ever seen. The approach that director Leigh Whannell took to shoot the disturbing and equally entertaining action
sequences with a steady cam and on a wide angle were exceptional, and the entire vibe felt very analogous to films like John Wick, Robocop, and the latest Dredd.

The predictable storyline wears down the movie a bit, but, the unexpected twists and the crisp screenplay keep it engaging, and overall Upgrade is by far one of the best movies I've seen in 2018.

"Tag" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring an incredible ensemble cast of  Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner in the lead roles, Tag is surprisingly enough, based on a true story and the storyline involves a game of Tag and group of middle-aged men who are devotedly playing it for the past thirty years. 

As stupid as it sounds, this movie had a wide range of emotions from the beginning till the end, it started off on the right note, the jokes were funny, the characters were charming and likeable, and the complete cast was appealing enough for me to sit through and enjoy the film. Isla Fisher with her standout performance, Jeremy Renner with his slick action sequences, and Ed Helms play the same driven dorky character as we've seen in The Hangover films. 

Overall, aside from being funny and entertaining, Tag also struck the right chords when it comes to emotion, especially during the end credits when they showcase the real-life 'Tag Gang' who played the game for 23 years. Watch this movie, and I'm sure it will remind you why it's essential to have a goof-gang around you.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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