10+ Upload Reviews – A Comedic, Plausible Virtual Reality Afterlife

Upload ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

Of the new TV series watched in the last year, there are only two that I really wanted to see greenlighted for at least one more season. Harley Quinn The Animated Series which is working through season two right now and Upload, which just debuted on 5/1/2020.

10 days after it debuted, Amazon announced: YES – Amazon Greenlights Upload Season 2

Upload is the real science fiction deal. Read my detailed review for thoughts, but I’m going to expand even further here while collecting what others have to say in their reviews before this post closes.

As with all these review compilations and critiques, this is pure spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen Upload yet and you have any interest in doing so, then go check it out and come back. Bookmark this post or use the tag Upload to find your way back. Easy, peasy.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

But murder isn’t the only way the show feels dystopian. There are the microtransactions, yes, but at one point Nathan tours the “two gig” section of the hotel, where poor people with extremely limited data plans sit around in blank rooms doing nothing but reading the first five pages of “free trial” books, and when their data runs out, they’re frozen in place until someone can pay to reactivate them. It’s all goofy, but eerily plausible, as you can imagine that’s how this tech might work if it did exist.

Amazon Prime’s ‘Upload’ Is ‘The Good Place’ Meets ‘Altered Carbon,’ Which Actually Works

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Rewatch for the future tech

This has a lot of rewatch value, if only to check out all the ideas for 2033 future. Some of them are ridiculous, some implausible, and others believable.

Byte = Lyft … for bicycles

The middle changes gears – and hints at season two

I like how the first season middle actually took some risks and explored some plot changes rather than just going into subplot mode. The whole idea of downloading being actively worked on gives viewers the idea that maybe Nathan can come back. Maybe he and Nora could someday be together.

Review by Others

What do others think about Upload?

Recommended

  1. But Why Tho? Geek Community / Gabby Martin: “…a quality series with a balance of humor and mystery. Greg Daniels and his team have found a way to incorporate a Sims-like digital afterlife setting, all the silly hijinks humor we’ve missed from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, with the social commentary of Black Mirror and classic whodunit mystery elements.”
  2. Christian Douglass: “There were also a few unexpected moments of light gore, which weren’t especially bad, they just didn’t seem to totally gel with the type of show Upload is, and I think that’s what put me off about them more than anything. So, be prepared for that, but otherwise, I recommend adding Upload to your watchlist because it’s a clever, funny mystery with an upbeat feel”
  3. Clint Worthington / Consequence of Sound: “…the show has good bones in an engaging lead, some spirited supporting characters, and a clear eye towards investigating the implications of a world where you can take your money with you when you die, but it’ll only take you so far. It’s not all successful yet, and the overarching techno-thriller subplots aren’t as interesting as the shenanigans in Lakeview, but I’ll take something corny and earnest over wearisome self-seriousness.”
  4. Den of Geek / Nick Harley: “…isn’t without its merits, but you can glean most of what it has to offer from the pilot. For those that stick through the entire 10-episode season, you’ll likely be wishing there was an option for an in-app upgrade to unlock a more compelling lead and central mystery.”
  5. Dewey Singleton: “…is one of the best new series of 2020. The show is tons of fun and will likely spur conversations that some usually might avoid.”
  6. GEEKS OF COLOR: “…is very funny. This to be expected with someone like Greg Daniels captaining, but the humor is surprisingly different from that of The Office or Parks and Recreation.”
  7. Holding Life Liable: “…may be worth to watch, but not as binge-series even though each episode only lasted for 30 minutes or less.”
  8. Irfan Nordin / Irfan Reviews Films (8.5/10): “Though Upload at times suffers from tonal overload, witty writing and a winsome cast make it an afterlife worth living.”
  9. The Game Of Nerds / Russ Millheim: “… is an impressive show, one that I think will be one of Amazon Studio’s top showcases. It’s funny, engrossing, and emotional—all while being held up by its incredible cast and inventive and devilishly smart creative team”
  10. Tracy Low / Tracy’s Screen Blog (4/5): “…is highly recommended for those who want a series that can take you out of this world.”
  11. Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “Most binge worthy shows that release all of their episodes at one usually have a season arc that is completely wrapped up with only a hint or two of what is to come. Upload pushed a cliffhanger on us mid story.”

Not Recommended

  1. Ben / Middle Of The Row: “As much as I liked most of it, the horrendous ending of the season – and the direction it appears to be headed towards in the possible second outing – kind of ruin the experience as a whole. Who knows though, maybe the writers for season two will make some equally bizarre decisions to get it back on track? I sure hope so.”
  2. Connor Fahy / Tower City Media: “In fact most of the show does not fully work. It has great satire and themes, but with no characters to really latch onto, and plot that is too all over the place and not fully explored.”
  3. Good Nerd, Bad Nerd: “When a season’s worth of character growth takes place over 2-3 episodes, it feels like the show is rushed and doesn’t expect to be around for season 2.”
  4. SANCTUARY / Clanhub: “I liked some of the non-slapstick humor, the somewhat dystopic setting and that it questions some of our reliance on technology. Also, the use of product placement, streaming and the hinted existence of a Luddite movement as social commentary was interesting.”

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YES – Amazon Greenlights Upload Season 2

Upload ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

(Standing ovation)

Just 10 days after release, Amazon has made a great move and renewed this fantastic TV series for a second season.

“In Upload, Greg Daniels delivered a smart, cinematic comedy crackling with intrigue and it has clearly delighted our customers who have spent a lot of time in Lakeview this past week,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, “We know our global fans want to see the next chapter with Nathan and Nora so we are greenlighting Season Two and are excited that Greg’s passion project has found such a devoted audience.”

‘Upload’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon – Deadline

If you have Amazon Prime Video, get this excellent TV series on your watchlist ASAP. It’s our highest rated new live action TV series so far in 2020 and well-deserved.

30+ Extraction Reviews – Solid Action, Thin Character Depth and Story

Extraction ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Netflix Original action movie from the Russo brothers and directed by a stunt coordinator — and the action scenes show. This movie very much could have been something we saw in the theaters, as it has all the polish and sheen of a theatrical movie and yet we can find it on Netflix.

While one might expect a great deal of frenzied shaky-cam vainly trying to capture a never-ending onslaught of bullets and screeching tires, Hargrave thankfully goes the “John Wick” route, with several very impressive, long-take, smooth, unpredictable, and exciting sequences.

‘Extraction’ and ‘1BR’ are among four new movies worth streaming this week – The San Francisco Examiner

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Produced by Russo Brother of Avengers: Endgame fame

This is the follow-up project from one of the Russo brothers, famous for the #1 box office smash Avengers: Endgame. Having not seen that movie yet (I want to see every MCU movie leading up to that first), I can’t make any comparisons stylistically, but it is worth noting, that some production fire is behind this. I’m not normally that interested in who produced the movie (see: How Important are Movie Producers?), but when the producers are coming off multi-billions at the box office, it’s worth mentioning as a factor.

The film rather quickly earned the #1 spot in Netflix top 10 in the United States list.

Action scenes sometimes remind me of the AC DC song “Touch Too Much”

We get that this is an action movie, so the action scenes need to be good. My only concern with this film is it’s like that’s where the emphasis is almost always at: action. The fighting choreography and stunts are all done well. Sometimes maybe overdone, I guess, is my complaint.

What about character and story? This is sort of the problem with a lot of action films, particularly the ones with stars past their action film days prime trying to relive younger action days (cough – Steven Segal – cough). Age isn’t Hemsworth’s problem here, it purely story and script.

Hemsworth can do more than Thor … when he gets a script that challenges him

I think Hemsworth has the chops to escape any type-casting with Thor, and this movie at least proves that, but when you look up his filmography, most of the titles are that role.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Extraction?

Recommended

  1. Ambar Chatterjee’s Reviews: “I would not mind watching this film a couple of times more. Thanks to the lack of new original content on the OTT and a total stop on new releases in theaters, Extraction is poised to be a huge draw for Netflix in the coming weeks.”
  2. BadBlokeBob (4/5): “It’s not the most sophisticated thriller ever made, and it doesn’t reach the giddy heights of John Wick in the action department, but it’s nonetheless entertaining at what it sets out to achieve. If they do decide to make more, I’ll definitely be there.”
  3. Bookshelf Battle: “A lot of great action scenes, gun battles, fist fights, explosions and what have you. Box office blockbuster quality brought straight to streaming in HD.”
  4. Cinema Trace: “…the focus went all to the action, making the actual story and characters suffer from formulaic storytelling, cliche backstories, and an overall lack of emotional attachment. Still, Extraction is the best Netflix original action movie of its history, so don’t miss it!”
  5. Crespo’s Cave / Brandon Crespo: “…mostly sticks to generic tropes when conveying the familiar story. Where it does raise the bar is with the action shots and camera work. I highly recommend watching it just for that and I promise you’ll love it.”
  6. Doc / EYG Embrace Your Geek: “There is a feel of old school 1980’s thrillers with action heroes busting through bad guys.  It is extremely violent and filled with great action and I enjoyed the film.”
  7. Everything Movie Reviews: “…pleasantly surprised me, delivering a thrilling action film packed full of fast-paced action sequences with impressive fight choreography and camera work. It’s brutal and gritty and I loved almost every minute of it.”
  8. fangirlish.com: “Chris Hemsworth and Rudhraksh Jaiswal did an amazing job at showing a bond of love and companionship in the midst of danger and bullets. And I hope to see more of both of them in the coming future.”
  9. FILMAHOLIC / Miguel Araiza: “…might not be on the same caliber as the best Netflix has offered. Still, for a Friday night watch, it’s pleasant enough to keep you entertained throughout.”
  10. Franz Patrick’s Film Archive: “Those who wish to focus on the big picture—and only the big picture—will claim that the film is composed merely of a series of stunts. I just showed above how this assertion is inaccurate. But taking this type of criticism as is, I then ask, “So what?” It doesn’t require special glasses to realize that these stunts are well done.”
  11. Giadreams / themoviemylife.com: “…it’s a good action film that probably won’t have you too mad that the focus is more on the action and stunts than the story.”
  12. Hannah Wales / The World of Celebrity (3/5): “The script isn’t the most inspired and the backstory is far too thin for my liking, but if you want violent non-stop action starring a hunky Hollywood star with his native Australian accent, Extraction will be right up your street.”
  13. HCMovieReviews: “…excellent casting alongside the high octane, guns galore action ensure that Extraction is a highlight of recent streaming releases and worth the time of any cinematic action junkie.”
  14. Holmes Movies: “…is quick to get to the action and thrill the audience but there is not much of personality in the script. It was not a disappointment or an abject failure but again did need some vital substance”
  15. jmjerva / action-flix.com: “…this without a doubt gets my vote for the best action movie of the year. And if this is the type of action film Netflix is going to be putting out, I feel I’m going to be saying that a lot.”
  16. Moshfish Reviews: “Despite the fact it seems to be Frankenstein’d from the best parts of various other action media, both Hemsworth and Hooda were compelling and believable action stars, and though the plot is not all that unique, it’s held together with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.”
  17. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “I had a lot of fun with a film that does not want to be big or clever. It just wants to kill lots of people very violently.”
  18. Robert Butler III / GEEKS OF COLOR: “Though heavy in bloodshed and light on character development, Extraction is a worthwhile experience for fans of fast-paced gunplay and stunning hand-to-hand combat.”
  19. rogerinorlando / Movie Nation: “…runs into the same problems any movie that’s on-the-run/fighting-your-way-out faces. It’s wearing, characters get shortchanged and the temptation to take absurd shortcuts in logic just to get us from point A to B is irresistible.”
  20. Sarah Cartland / Caution Spoilers: “…despite its trope-y frustrations (the cardboard cutout supporting characters, the theme of a white saviour going to Asia and making it mostly about his emotional journey) it’s still well worth a couple of your free lockdown hours”
  21. Sorabh’s Life Diary: “…a good one time watch & well 2 hours spent during this lockdown.”
  22. SM / SeleMoir: “If you like brutal action and are okay with its shortcomings in character development, I recommend you watch it. It is an entertaining one-time-watch”
  23. The DC Review Blog (3.5/5): “Overall, a really impressive movie that also delivered a somewhat ambiguous ending that leaves you as a viewer a little puzzled. In my opinion, a great way of ending a movie of this nature.”
  24. The Illuminerdi: “Everyone should watch this movie for the sake of enjoying the action scenes, although it offers nothing more.”
  25. Trailer Trashed: “Action movie fans will eat this one up, and there is enough of an emotionally mature story for it to not just be a movie full of explosions and guys beating each other up.”

Not Recommended

  1. Arth / Arth Joshi: “…is the kind of a film that has some gibberish in between two explosions.”
  2. David Ferguson / Movie Reviews From The Dark: “…this is too similar to many movies we’ve seen before, though it serves as a chance for Hemsworth to be something other than Thor.”
  3. Irfan Nordin / Irfan Reviews (5/10): “Spectacular stunt work and an electric performance from Chris Hemsworth can’t save Extraction from being dragged down by its aimless violence.”
  4. Moody B / The Cinema Cynic: “It will not win any prizes for originality, but despite the generic and minimal plot, thanks to some superbly staged action sequences and a good leading performance,”
  5. Scott William Foley: “…is a fast, entertaining action film. It won’t capture your heart or your imagination, but it will certainly thrill, and it will look good while doing it.”
  6. The Not Left Handed Either Film Guide: “I’m not sure how much Extraction will register in Hemsworth’s career and like Jeremy Renner, he’s not done with Marvel yet so bigger things will follow. There are worse things he could have done after hitting the box office jackpot though”
  7. What Went Wrong or Right With …? (5/10): “With a better Director of Photography and a much better script, Sam Hargrave may create a better movie but his debut is average at best.”

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FIRST LOOK: Rising High – Netflix

“All humans have one thing in common. They’re greedy.” – Rising High trailer

Don’t completely agree with the quote above, but it’s that special kind of juicy dialogue nugget in a trailer that sucks me in. Tell me more about the avarice displayed in this film.

Rising High tells the story of the rise and fall of two real-estate fraudsters. Viktor Stein (David Kross), Gerry Falkland (Frederick Lau) and the banker Nicole Kleber (Janina Uhse) get incredibly rich within a short period of time. But soon they are sucked deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of lies, fraud and deceit – until at some point they completely lose sight of reality and have to decide what is really important to them.

Rising High (Betonrausch) (2020) – Rotten Tomatoes

The trailer:

Rising High official trailer

One of two Netflix Original films being released on the same day, the other is Sergio based on a true story. Am looking forward to this one. Maybe 4/10 anticipation. Without movies in theater, I’m very, very thankful and grateful that Netflix keeps bringing new movies out. You, too?

Rising High will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday April 17, 2020.