Category: Criticism

Disability in Film: UPGRADE and Ableist Action Fantasies

UPGRADE tells us that the only good disabled hero is a massively enhanced disabled hero

I didn’t hate Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade. It’s a capable action film with some innovative shot design and it pulls off an almost not-laughable near-future setting with clearly limited means. It’s fine. Some of its action sequences are really wonderful. I love watching the camera follow every move, and the balletic synergy between fight moves and blocking.
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