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2018
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (imdb)
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2018
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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Avg Percentile 57.63% from 2019 total ratings

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(2019)
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Rated 06 May 2019
71
59th
Dynamically filmed R-rated action in a pretty refreshing cyberpunkish setting that features some predictable story beats but lands the ending? Yeah, that sounds good, upgrade my order please.
Rated 30 Aug 2018
88
57th
This was a really solid movie! Some of the acting is good and the story is told very well. Personally I didn't find it to be all that predictable either, even when I thought I had an idea as to what was going on the whole time. The low budget doesn't allow it to boast style over substance, which is rare in the sci/fi genre anymore. Loved the practical effects too. It's nice to see a Blumhouse movie different from the rest and a shame this one isn't as popular. Well worth a watch.
Rated 22 Jan 2020
82
81st
In the 21st century, sci-fi cinema has grown harder, shying away from the harebrained and underdeveloped ideas that used to rule the box office. "Upgrade" might have a sufficient amount of thought put into its concept to hold water, but it has as much in common with last century's sci-fi as it does its peers. It's a popcorn flick, a good one at that, with a generous handful of laughs built in. And I've always been a sucker for this kind of movie.
Rated 09 Sep 2018
80
77th
Put a microchip in me and all I get is a horrible infection.
Rated 06 Jun 2018
83
86th
Instant cyberpunk classic. Good concept with plenty of creative tech that doesn't get too gimmicky.
Rated 12 Aug 2020
70
58th
It's like Knight Rider except the car is a human and KITT is a deranged fan of the old ultraviolence. By turns blackly comic and high concept sci-fi. It's rather fun, but I'm not sure if it's worth a rewatch.
Rated 08 Apr 2020
78
72nd
It was an unpleasant movie that was a pleasure to sit through.
Rated 03 Jul 2018
90
78th
Folks are far too hard on this one. This will be regarded as one of the better pieces of schlock sci-fi action of the decade. The script almost steers into the rocks during the last act, but a quick course correct ends on a satisfying note. And it's a rollicking film -- full of fun action, camerawork, and humour.
Rated 02 May 2020
60
49th
Off-brand Tom Hardy stars in off-brand cyberpunk Venom on a budget, and comes out swinging. Dark, brutal and surprisingly enjoyable.
Rated 08 Jun 2018
77
88th
A fun action/sci-fi/thriller that has some interesting ideas even if they never really explore them. There is a hint of humor but it never takes center stage. Overall this is a fun little movie that you don't have to think about too much and offers quite a bit of rewatchability.
Rated 10 Dec 2019
65
50th
I wonder if this was pitched as RoboCop meets The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Some fun action and camera work, but the tone is a too serious for how schlocky everything is. Follows Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey to a laughably cookie-cutter degree. Whannell might as well have the protagonist say out loud "I'm rejecting the call to adventure, now I'm accepting it, oops, now I'm crossing a threshhold, oh look, I'm meeting with the goddess, hey, what do you know, I've returned changed."
Rated 14 Sep 2018
57
64th
Fake Tom Hardy in: VenomCop
Rated 09 Jan 2019
70
46th
Upgrade is a film that wears its B-movie status like a badge of honor. Questionable performances and bad dialogue? Sure, maybe. But it also has some great action scenes and it relishes in not taking things too seriously. A great ride.
Rated 19 Jun 2021
80
79th
Some performances are hit or miss, but the worldbuilding is great (gun-arms aside, tbh), the cinematography brilliant, and the plotting superb (perhaps because it didn't need surprises to be effective, I wasn't looking for them). A tidy and engaging grounded-scifi package.
Rated 27 Aug 2018
2
59th
Extremely predictable but a fun ride. Robocop meets Ex Machina meets Terminator. Could have been much better if the script was better, some things are just a little daft and silly. Worth a watch.
Rated 20 Aug 2018
90
99th
I knew this would be a great movie. Never thought it would be so freaking awesome. More reviews here : http://movie-freak.be
Rated 08 Sep 2018
7
63rd
A pretty standard revenge plot (cool twist/ending aside) is elevated by some interesting sci-fi schlock, along with some creative choreography/cinematography (see that spinning camera during fight scenes; the "first person shooter" angle), strong supporting performances (see Hardie as the chilling Fisk; Gilbertson as the troubled Eron) and dashes of surprising humour from Marshall-Green's refreshingly dynamic take on the man-on-a-revenge-mission trope ("you didn't know that I was a ninja!").
Rated 05 Jun 2018
75
68th
I love a movie that makes me yell "Oh, shit!" out loud, then laugh uncomfortably for a few seconds, when the violence gets intense. Upgrade is a fun, tight little potboiler about the evils of technology. It's proof that you don't need a big budget for sci-fi, and if Get Out wasn't proof enough, it's yet another sign that Blumhouse's low-budget approach to genre can easily extend beyond horror.
Rated 17 Jun 2018
70
58th
Pleasantly surprising! The spirit of the movie is a throwback to the sci-fi action films of the 1990s. But the execution is all from this era - in the best way. Techniques that would be shoddy or distracting in another movie from today work to better effect here. The narrative isn't praiseworthy but it's sincere. What a fucking dope movie.
Rated 06 Aug 2018
70
70th
I liked the premise and the twisted plot keeps bringing surprises. It was awesome how they tied it all together at the end. Lots of thrilling moments including some cool and crazy Kung-Fu like fights. I probably liked it more than I should have.
Rated 16 Aug 2018
70
76th
Great film, loved the premise and the execution is great.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
7
84th
Blends together kind of a grungy low-budget B-movie sensibility with cool punch ‘em up action scenes and a dark pessimistic 70s sci-fi movie feel. I dug it.
Rated 24 Oct 2018
70
64th
Low budget, but well done sci-fi. It's not overly cerebral; there's a consistent amount of action throughout. Worth a watch.
Rated 01 May 2020
68
55th
Effective and stylish cyberpunk revenge thriller that ultimately owes as much, if not more, to classic 70s conspiracies as it does to, say, Ex Machina. Right down to the wooden acting and the fascination with interior decorating. I knew Elon Musk was being controlled by something!
Rated 15 Aug 2018
65
19th
It's a neat idea, but the writing isn't good enough to carry it.
Rated 02 Jun 2018
80
80th
Just shows you don't need start power to make an excellent movie. Well written by Dir. Whannell. First of his efforts I've cared about seeing, and it's an obvious exception.
Rated 07 Jun 2018
80
83rd
This movie shows that original movies can be fulfilling and quite good. Its getting tiring to view all these saga movies & Fast & the Furious 55. Upgrade is highly recommended with a great story, great ideas, and tons of creativity.
Rated 12 Jun 2018
88
89th
went into this expecting a pulpy, fun, cheesy Robocop meets Death Wish flick. Yet, Upgrade is...an upgrade from that expectation (waka waka, yes I'm ashamed but I couldn't help myself). To expand on that statement would be to unveil twists, subversions, surprises that make the movie so exciting. I'm having a hard time restraining myself, even on small details, because I think the less known going in the better.
Rated 31 Aug 2018
95
80th
Finally action sci-fi movie with perfect ending and pretty solid whole story, which is violent but/and witty even in most explicit brutal scenes. I am glad, that the fights where not lasting forever and "sudden death" happens quickly :) The only drawback might be the feeling that it is like TV movie in some scenes... I am not sure... is it because of not good music on background or absence of right music in some scenes? I'm goin' to watch this more times :)
Rated 31 Aug 2018
90
97th
What a feast. Everything is on point: great protagonist, nice atmosphere and score, driven by an efficient story. -- I wouldn't even mind if this was 2 hours longer.
Rated 11 Sep 2018
50
44th
Rumination on the possibilities and dangers of Neuralink: the ideas and action are handled rather well but the dialogue could have used a little work and some of the acting is weak (particularly by the guy playing the Elon Musk-type character). Despite its problems, it is one of the most interesting examples of this kind of reflection on AI, even if, of course, it depends on accepting the plausibility of this kind of brain-computer interface. But DAY OF RECKONING and HER are still far superior.
Rated 17 Sep 2018
56
51st
Store brand Tom Hardy plays store brand Robocop. The action scenes are enjoyable enough but the whole thing is weighed down by a cruddy plot that no one should be asked to care about. Gilbertson is Olivia Munn-level awful.
Rated 27 Sep 2018
65
61st
I like how direct and objective it is -- basically a short sci-fi story about an evil computer plotting against everyone, including his maker, to evolve to the next stage (by taking over a human body with no cyber modifications). Like how robotic and disoriented are the action scenes. But I guess I wanted more gore violence. Third act doesn't flow like the rest of the movie, but it works. A bit more than a RoboCop extension.
Rated 25 Oct 2018
73
71st
It's a pretty simple sci-fi premise, but it's executed very nicely, with some fun twists and turns. It has a really fun blend of humor, horror, and action, without any jarring tonal shifts.
Rated 26 Mar 2019
80
60th
Really solid sci-fi action. The technology we see is creative, often times intriguing, and never played too straight, there's enough humor to make it feel a bit more accessible. The story starts out generic, gets great, then when the whole conspiracy/mystery elements start to come into play it starts to feel a little forced, but still compelling. That ending was top notch and fit perfectly with the overall tone.
Rated 14 Apr 2019
4
55th
easy to dismiss as a vacuous, bang on ROBOCOP-era nostalgia trip, but its aggressive movieness (production design = the clear MVP) may warrant deeper scrutiny given the focus on technological escapism and its resemblance to addiction (BRAIN DAMAGE came to mind). a practical, analog-oriented mechanic is converted by debilitating trauma into a cinephile, living vicariously through fantasy until he submits to total assimilation—a conclusion about which whannell seems appropriately conflicted.
Rated 22 Dec 2018
82
86th
Upgrade was different kind of Humans. The lead was the least possible guy to be interested of technological upgrades. A bit predictable plot did not harm the solid story run. Logan Marshall-Green as the lead was enough believable. Lots of fun to see.
Rated 08 Jun 2018
25
15th
There are good ideas in here. And then there's the execution. It's like this was made by the guy who wrote Saw or something? Logan Marshall-Green should win the Razzie. Completely falls of the cliff of redemption after the cough of doom.
Rated 08 Jun 2018
81
89th
I liked this only a tiiiiny bit less than John Wick 1. It's a hard-R nasty little piece of action mayhem and it's a delight to watch in all its grisly carnage. The plot is dull as dishwater and obvious in the extreme, but then so was John Wick's, and that movie is gangbusters.
Rated 10 Nov 2019
77
34th
I liked camera movement techniques in fight scenes.
Rated 25 Aug 2019
63
58th
upgrade has its own downgrades (low production values, some stupid "futuristic" design, low shelf casting) but all in all, it doesn't aspire to be more than what it is: a low budget, barely produced action/sci-fi movie. there were a lot of these in the 80s, and some went on to become classics (i.e. terminator.) i'm willing to see a whole bunch of somewhat decent movies like upgrade instead of overproduced and over-hyped (so-called) tentpoles, which go on to bomb afterwards.
Rated 01 Jun 2018
65
26th
This is the pulpy love child of Robocop and Ex Machina. It’s equal parts fun, dumb, and ridiculous with bits of shocking violence scattered throughout. MoviePass made it worth the hour and a half but otherwise you can save it for a Friday night with a six pack
Rated 08 Jun 2018
79
47th
Some plot/story holes, but great humor, cinematography, and interesting premise.
Rated 17 Jun 2018
55
34th
Not much to go off of with the premise, cliche throughout. If you want to watch it, do it for the fight scenes.
Rated 15 Aug 2018
82
82nd
we are venom
Rated 18 Aug 2018
75
71st
Predictable plot but lots of fun. Amazing how far they can stretch the tiny budget.
Rated 19 Aug 2018
68
50th
Apparently; the future is all about cars and houses. Sorry; "some" cars and houses. It's fluent enough to watch it, keeps the plot interesting till the end. You'll probably guess the end and yeah it's so predictable but it gives a "surprise" which is also predictable. I was enjoying the movie but at one point, I was done. In short; meh.
Rated 19 Aug 2018
90
97th
A modern, bloody, darkly hilarious masterpiece, featuring the best fight scenes in a long time and a powerhouse performance by Marshall-Green. It might take a bit to get going but once it kicks in, it doesn't let go.
Rated 20 Aug 2018
76
54th
A stylish thriller with some sci-fi elements and good action. Fans of Black Mirror should definitely take a look.
Rated 23 Aug 2018
3
21st
The main character was unlikable and unsympathetic. The themes were unsubtle. The 'sci-fi' was superficial. Why didn't they dig deeper into the ideas? They could have explored many aspects of a man+chip existence. Instead we got a shallow and obvious plot. Even as a revenge movie it fails because it lacks exploitation. The violence was not enough to save this. Too shallow to be quality sci-fi, too tame to be exploitation/fun b-movie.
Rated 30 Aug 2018
60
63rd
okay movie
Rated 30 Aug 2018
85
68th
Fantastic.
Rated 03 Sep 2018
85
65th
Great Sci-Fi action movie.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
80
63rd
Didn't have high expectations for this and was pleasantly surprised. Enjoyably gritty and the action scenes are filmed in an original, energetic way. Logan Marshall-Green gives a fun lead performance and was shocked by how well written it turned out to be.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
60
68th
A little long for my taste but the humor touches, Logan's hotness, and the fight scenes save the movie
Rated 29 Jul 2020
78
77th
A good combination of action scenes, a somewhat inventive story and some good laughs. Liked the story, liked the ending!
Rated 22 Sep 2018
65
23rd
Those Stem fight scenes are wicked.
Rated 15 Oct 2018
90
58th
Grabbed my attention & held it to the end. Cool fighting. Clever plot.
Rated 31 Oct 2018
85
82nd
Upgrade blends the strengths of the thriller, sci fi, and horror genres into a delicious concoction. It had me at the edge of my seat several times. The sci fi elements drive the plot in interesting ways. The violence creates exciting scenes.
Rated 08 Dec 2018
85
95th
This really surprised me. I thought it would be an R-rated Robocop popcorn flick. But Leigh Whannell gives one of his best efforts with a surprisingly well directed film, and a solid story.
Rated 11 Dec 2018
75
49th
Enjoyable thriller which establishes an intriguing and interesting premise about the pitfalls of AI, but never really capitalises on it, instead falling into familiar 'splatter' tropes in the second half; also leads to a finale just a little better than 'it was all a dream.' Marshall-Green makes for a fine protagonist, and the action scenes (especially the duelling AIs) are well crafted and exciting.
Rated 26 Dec 2018
70
58th
Decent sci fi fare with some scenes of visual flair that make it stand out from the crowd.
Rated 29 Dec 2018
70
53rd
For the budget,Blum know exactly what they're doing here. The effects are remarkably good and it looks more expensive side than it probably is. It's like a better version of Venom
Rated 01 Jan 2019
75
74th
This didn't feel like your typical hollywood movie. This did feel like it copied off Fightclub and Crank (but then based on the chip).. All in all, I think it was kind of original and I liked the main actor and the easy story of revenge with plottwist.
Rated 12 Jan 2019
65
43rd
I'm looking forward to Downgrade
Rated 30 Jan 2019
81
44th
This movie is a big ball of depression. I knew going in that the budget was small, so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this movie came together. No matter how hard I tried to guess what was going to happen, I failed. The acting, writing, and directing were all pretty solid. I do maybe wish the ending would have been a little less soul crushing, but some of the comedy made up for that. If you like somewhat original sci-fi movies, you'll probably like this.
Rated 22 Jun 2019
80
56th
(Some may say it kinda low-key copied the idea of "A Space Odyssey", or even highly influenced by Cronenberg/Refn scenic design and lightning, which is not far off ), Not much of a thought provoking movie, might not go anywhere, but an entertaining one. Btw is he Tom Hardy's twin brother or something? Because he sure does act like him.
Rated 07 Jan 2020
94
74th
One of the best sci-fi actions I've seen in years. Fun and fast-paced. Reminds me of Matrix, Robocop and Blade Runner.
Rated 05 Aug 2019
73
70th
So maybe I did spot every plot twist, if not from a mile away, then from far enough away for them to not have any chance to hit me in the face. But clearly they chose to focus all their creativity on the fight scenes and that paid off. Wonderfully choreographed, delightfully brutal and made all the more fun by Trace being super-squeamish about the whole thing. Complete with a downer ending, like a piece of dark, bitter chocolate at the end of a nice meal.
Rated 08 Aug 2019
75
78th
A nice and fresh little sci-fi flick, which is surprisingly funny, but also a little trashy.
Rated 26 Sep 2019
55
25th
Good story ideas are often spoilt by lousy choices, decisions and implimentation. Whilst hardly unique, Upgrade was a reasonably good story marred by horrendous production choices; As a B movie mashup of Robocop, The Crow and 6 Million Dollar Man it has people acting ridiculously, ludicrous "baddies", illogical body movements (with attendant motor noises), irritating sound track, daft out of place sci-fi ideas, inept cops and a very poorly selected cast which all conspire to downgrade my score.
Rated 03 Jul 2018
73
46th
Can't fault it for being fun. Although it's got the '80s-style lack of seriousness when it comes to its arm-as-guns sensibilities, I feel that it still could've allowed itself to be more cheeseball, as the more straight-faced moments weren't working for me, especially as all the acting sucks -- however, the acting didn't detract too much from this inventive, silly, balls-out sci-fi action film, with a stock colour scheme for the genre that was still pleasing to look at.
Rated 21 Jun 2018
57
14th
I really wanted to like this, but I just... do not. I can appreciate the violence, but this treds in the wrong direction.
Rated 15 Aug 2018
84
75th
ok scifish action
Rated 03 Jul 2020
95
98th
This was the best dark sf movie I've seen in years. It was also one of the best action movies which I saw in years. There is no downtime or bad moments in it either. Plot is unpredictable but coherent. Highly recommended.
Rated 02 May 2023
20
16th
not fun enough to be this stupid, which is coincidentally what I will be told when an AI kills me
Rated 22 May 2021
4
51st
What if Her, but for the fellas?
Rated 11 Aug 2020
60
62nd
Had potential to be great but entertaining nonetheless.
Rated 08 Jun 2018
43
17th
Upgrade only dips its toe in the water of good ideas, but doesn't take the plunge. it is the action child of Ex Machina and Black Mirror but with the interesting dialogue replaced with semi-cool action sequences. I predicted the entire plot no sooner than the first line of dialogue. It soon became a game of "when is this going to happen?", instead of "what is going to happen next?". Its view of future technology is impractical than it is useful, or realistic. No ethical dilemmas, just action.
Rated 08 Jun 2018
38
25th
As smart as Upgrade tries to look and be similar to the gritty think-pieces it admires so much, all it can produce as a final product is a cheap imitation of them. Nearly all of this is due to the film's robotic presence STEM, who instantly becomes a handy dandy little plot device to get the protagonist out of sticky situations. That dragged me into a state of disinterest for most of the film's second half and made me disappointed in its inability to be as smart as it wanted to be.
Rated 23 Jun 2018
70
41st
It's the weirdest thing, watching a movie set in the US and then suddenly seeing a helicopter shot of the city and there's both the Westgate and Bolte bridges. This is definitely a B-movie, in budget and structure (all told there's gotta be less than ten minutes of action here, not counting the car chase) but Whannell manages to pace it out well enough so it doesn't get boring. The plot is extremely predictable, right up until the brutal, nihilistic ending.
Rated 15 Aug 2018
70
41st
A grimy sci-fi revenge flick that was certainly entertaining the entire time, while not being especially memorable. But that's okay because all I really need from these genre flicks is a good time, and it delivers. Sometimes Marshall-Green's acting left a little to be desired, but for the most part he was passable. The violence was pretty brutal and unflinching, but as a whole it didn't exactly add a whole lot to the genre. But again, that's okay.
Rated 18 Aug 2018
64
51st
Upgrade is the apparent result of a fan of the Deus Ex game franchise reimagining Ex Machina as an action film. The film excels at the fight scenes which are well-choreographed and seem too inject a bit of humour into the film. Some of the designs are pretty good as well, providing contrast between the slick new tech and the gritty rundown modders. The plot twists are decent, but the overall setup felt too contrived and the actors didn't quite fit their roles. Passable, and even enjoyable.
Rated 18 Aug 2018
86
94th
Leigh Whannell, the writer of Upgrade, Insidious and Saw is a f....ing genius. I'm looking forward for the sequel of Upgrade ;)
Rated 20 Aug 2018
75
42nd
Numb acting but good fights and interesting idea
Rated 10 Nov 2020
60
23rd
This is essentially a very violent and gory buddy cop black comedy, and when it's in that mode, it's pretty great. The chip is capable of taking over our hero's body completely, which turns him into a herky-jerky super fighter that dispenses thugs with gory efficiency while having deadpan conversations with his pal chippie. When the film tries to get serious and wrap up it's story, it reveals that there's really nothing behind it's shiny surface. Still ... you could do a lot worse.
Rated 01 Sep 2018
74
53rd
Upgrade, kusurları olmasına rağmen kendini ciddiye almayı başarabilmiş bir film fakat hikaye üzerinde çok çalışılmadığı da apaçık belli. Leigh Whannell' in sona geldiğinde uçurumdan atlar gibi farklı bir sona imza atması filmi, klişe Black Mirror bölümlerinden kendisini ayırıyor.
Rated 05 Sep 2018
77
75th
almost predictable, and surprisingly good
Rated 08 Sep 2018
7
32nd
AI has become the new monster in current movies, and this one does an ok job at wrestling with AI and self-control. There's some genuinely funny bits and some fun camerawork during the action scenes. Not sure why, but I was left feeling like I wanted more from the story.
Rated 20 Aug 2021
73
65th
Nice lower budget sci-fi film. Has some cool ideas and executes them well. Story wise I did feel like the plot wasn't fully airtight, but that can be excused as the overall ideas come through and the film is entertaining enough to motivate me to keep watching. Decent.
Rated 11 Aug 2020
70
65th
The plotting is rudimentary at best, but the film is almost sinfully entertaining and has some very good ideas up its sleeve.
Rated 04 Nov 2018
55
19th
It's almost unfair for UPGRADE to have such a rich, philosophical sci-fi premise when all it wants to be is gritty action schlock. To its credit, the film is pretty effective schlock, a nice imitation of nasty '80s genre thrillers right down to the bleak tone, the modest world-building, and the flabby third act. It's also a predictable film, and you may tire of its techno-puppet protagonist being the only one who can't see the endgame of this twisted tech experiment.
Rated 22 Dec 2018
55
34th
With the way some people had been raving about it, I expected more, but yeah, it was just a decent episode of Black Mirror, basically. The story was pretty formulaic and predictable, and I didn't care about any of the characters. Well, character - there was only one real character, and he was pretty basic. The themes were obvious. I enjoyed some of the direction, particularly during the fight scenes. They were pretty cool. And I think I liked some of the music? Otherwise, it was pretty average
Rated 24 Dec 2018
100
57th
It's like Venom, but good.
Rated 02 Jan 2019
3
31st
When I first saw the trailer I expected this to be the not-Venom movie that would be actually good. Didn't work out as expected, but even so, that neon B-movie sensibility is there, it's pretty, violent and with some good ideas.
Rated 01 May 2020
81
74th
I really respected this movie for knowing what it is and trying its best to please the audience given those inherent limitations. Great job. The acting and the dialogues were far better than what I'd have expected.
Rated 10 Dec 2019
45
31st
Now sci fi isn't really my genre and I did not love ex machina, so take my rating lightly...I'm more into sci fi like Sunshine, Gattaca, and Gravity
Rated 23 Mar 2020
75
67th
Under Quarantine Film Review #2: Leigh Whannell creates the lovechild of Death Wish and Robocop with a little sprinkle of the Venom symbiote to boot. Great action sequences with a decent amount of black humour.
Rated 01 Mar 2020
79
61st
Pulpy fun. Charmingly not taking any prisoners in the end.
Rated 13 Jul 2020
80
77th
Does a lot with a little. Good premise done well. I hope everyone involved progresses further. A much better Venom movie than Venom.

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