Viewed charitably, its sketchy protagonist and vague atmosphere are meant to achieve the effect of a parable.
The film is preposterously conceived, but Stephen Susco so tightly, excitingly executes it that you hardly notice.
Upgrade serves up its cautionary tale with a schlocky blend of dark humor, breakneck action, and unsettling body horror.
It incisively probes the connection between the racism of the “liberal elite” and good old-fashioned white supremacy.
The Purge: Election Year’s violent scenarios feel unhinged from recognizable social or moral outrages.