Tron: Legacy (2010)

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 9/10

Great visuals, amazing sound

Weak story

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Tron Legacy

Studio: LivePlanet

Genre(s): Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): December 17, 2010

MPAA Rating: PG

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Like my sweet ride?

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) disappears leaving his company ENCOM to his young son Sam. Now, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is older and still not ready to take control of his father’s company despite requests from his father’s friend Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner). When Alan receives a page from Flynn’s old arcade, Sam goes to investigate. Sam is pulled into the grid where he learns his father’s program CLU (Jeff Bridges) has enslaved Tron and is ruling the city. When Sam is reunited with his father, he learns that a trap has been set by CLU to escape the world forever, but all hope may rest in a program named Quorra (Olivia Wilde).

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Let’s party like it’s 1982!

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Tron: Legacy is the long-awaited sequel to Walt Disney’s 1982 picture Tron. The movie was with mixed reviews but a relatively strong box-office.  It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing.  It was shown on IMAX and featured a 3D release as well.

Tron was a childhood film.  I can remember going to a friend’s birthday and watching Tron on one of the first VCRs I ever saw.  It was different, high tech and visually compelling…but it also was confusing as hell to a little kid.  Tron:  Legacy picks up where Tron left off and has some of the same problems.

The plot of Tron:  Legacy isn’t great. Much like the original Tron, it takes a while to get to the best part…aka The Grid. Once on the Grid, the story moves for a while but eventually becomes kind of dull chase sequence for the last part of the movie. Jeff Bridges plays Flynn as a toned down Dude from The Big Lebowski which is amusing. Once the main plot is resolved, it is made too easy of a resolution…This was the same problem with the first Tron, everything is assumed ok and all is well despite the fact the company probably won’t react well to Sam’s decision to take control (which also made a bit odder by a cameo from Cillian Murphy as the son of Bridges’ original enemy).

Because of the story, the cast never really gets to develop as well as it should have.  The film takes visuals over substance and as a result the actors are lost.  I wish Bruce Boxleitner had taken a bigger role in the film as the human form of Tron, but Olivia Wilde gets the unique, slick look that the characters need.  Michael Sheen has a fun appearance as Zuse which was based on David Bowie.  The soundtrack was created by Daft Punk who also cameos in the club scene.

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Either a really cool army or the start of a bad music video

Still, Tron:  Legacy is all about the eye candy and great sound. I still think the original Tron is one of the coolest looking movies with a real throwback to early German Expressionism, and Tron: Legacy uses modern computer animation to take this theme to another level in Tron: Legacy. Scenes like the club and the women dressing Sam have a really cool feel. Even CLU’s commanding of his army of warriors looks pretty spectacular. Beside the beautiful look of the world, the effect to de-age Jeff Bridges has to be commended.

Tron: Legacy has a bit of a soft spot from me due to my love of the original. There are a lot of fun throwbacks to the original within the movie and fans of the original will enjoy that. I also think it can be a fun movie for younger viewers who haven’t seen the original. It has enough special effects that can keep attention…if they can make it to the Grid. When I saw Tron: Legacy in the theater, a guy in the crowd did a fist-pump and said “YES” when Tron returned to his good live light as he sank into the murk…Now that’s a guy who really likes Tron. A sequel for Tron: Legacy is allegedly in the works (but reports have it being shelved)…lets hope it isn’t another twenty-eight years before we see another Tron.

Related Links:

Tron (1982)

The 83rd Academy Award Nominations

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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