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TRON: Le g a c y
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The other element that I am reminded of, or perhaps a little sceptical
about, is the incredible visual pressure my eyes felt last time I saw a
sci-fi movie in 3D, in fact it was this time last year, I felt my eyes had
taken two upper cut combos fromMike Tyson, after watching Avatar
in 3d. However, I think it’s me being old school and preferring 3d
as a luxury rather than a necessity: TRON: Legacy is a movie with
stunning, stylish and sophisticated special effects, great action, and a
script that could have done with that little bit more.
Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the
mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a
man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer.
When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s
Arcade -- a signal that could only come from his father-- he finds
himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped
for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde),
father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber
universe -- a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far
more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless
villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.
There is no real point in me waffling on about the effects because they
simply are spectacular. Once the 3D effects kick into play, you are
absorbed into this weirdly wonderful digital world and believe me,
you don’t want to leave. .Daft Punk and Joseph Trapanese’s sound
track beautifully compliment these awesome visuals that get your
adrenalin overflowing and the blood racing through your veins, the
music only reinforces the impact of every scene in this movie.
Jeff Bridges has a magnificent aura about him as both the villain
and hero and his computer animated visual is truly remarkable. He
exudes a larger than life presence throughout the movie, and he is
at times fatherly, menacing, and graceful. The acting overall is not
anything to write home about, I don’t believe there will be any Oscars
nominations for the acting in this flick. However, the real star of the
film is Garrett Hedlund, who does a pretty decent job of carrying the
film and being generally astonished, that not only was his father alive
but the extraordinary world he always talked about actually existed.
He is a believable movie hero in the stock tradition of
20-somethings who have a chip on their shoulder to only have that
chip brushed off by the end. Garrett definitely holds his own against
a very charismatic Jeff Bridges.
Olivia Wilde kicks butt and looks gorgeous doing it, in her skin
tight cat suit with neon highlights and her asymmetrical wig as the
warrior, Quorra. She seems to be having a lot more fun with this
role than she does with that of Thirteen on ‘House’. Quorra has a
slight naivety about her in regards to some things, and displays a
sense of childlike wonder from time to time occasion, especially at
the end, which actually gives her some depth. Wilde and Hedlund
share some good scenes together, and her character at least gets some
development - which is a lot more than I can say for the albino-like
“Siren”, Gem (Beau Garrett).
Joseph Kosinski who makes his directorial debut, uses his
architectural skill and knowledge to excellent effect in eclipsing
the action. He has directed an adventure yarn that is woven with
spiritual allegories, allowing one to be entertained, moved, and also
stimulated.
It seems like the filmmakers hit a dead end and found themselves
check mated prematurely, by trying to make up for problems with
the original and at the same time trying to pay respect to it, but the
result is a story that could have been so much better than it is.
Like everything in life, nothing is perfect and some things far from
it. but with Tron, there is still enough in the story to enjoy and the
effects make for an entertaining film. If you’re a geek or a fan of the
first TRON, you will like this Legacy. If you’re a regular moviegoer
or weren’t that keen on the original, you’ll still find something to
like in this movie. As a sequel it is above and beyond its predecessor.
Enjoy!
RATING: 8/10