Not man. Not machine. More.

20181 h 40 min

A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.

Director Leigh Whannell
Runtime 1 h 40 min
Release Date 1 June 2018
Movie Rating Very good

Grey Trace, a stay-at-home mechanic, lives with his wife Asha in a near-future city. Though she works for Cobolt, one of the companies contributing to an increase in human computer augmentations, Grey chooses to remain unaugmented out of fear of losing his humanity. One day, Grey asks Asha to help him return a refurbished car to his client Eron Keen, a famous tech innovator in charge of a rival company Vessel. While visiting his home, Eron reveals his latest creation, an AI chip called STEM that can serve as an auxiliary brain.

On their way home, Grey and Asha’s self-driving car malfunctions and crashes at a homeless camp. Four unknown men then arrive, shooting Asha and severing Grey’s spine. Grey watches helplessly as Asha bleeds out next to him.

Grey returns home months later as a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic, now under the care of his mother Pamela. Asha’s death and the inability of Cortez, the detective assigned to her case, to identify their attackers has caused Grey to sink into an intense depression. After a failed suicide attempt by overdosing on medication, he is visited by Eron, who offers to surgically implant STEM into Grey’s spine and restore motor functions to his body. Though initially resistant, Eron successfully persuades Grey.

Grey goes through with the surgery and regains control of his limbs faster than expected. Eron then has Grey sign a non-disclosure agreement to conceal STEM from everyone, including the police, and pretend to still be paralyzed when in public. While looking through case files on his wife’s murder that night, Grey hears STEM speak into his mind. STEM says it can help Grey get revenge and quickly identifies one of the assailants, a local man named Serk, from a drone video feed. STEM also discovers that Serk and the assailants had modified guns implanted into their arms, explaining why police were unable to identify a murder weapon. Grey decides to investigate Serk personally…

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