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This film was substantially better than I expected it to be, based on early reviews of it which mostly said that it's another brainless-but-beautiful sci-fi action flick. I am a big fan of the original 'Tron' and I honestly think this new one is better, and not just the special effects. I don't go see sci-fi action seeking great emotional depth or major intellectual challenge, but I do want to be immersed in a world I'm unfamiliar with and see some amazing sights, and not be treated like an idiot while I'm watching, and I believe 'Tron: Legacy' did an excellent job of this.
The computer-world scenes are extremely well-done; the new 'disc' and 'bike' scenes are totally killer, and the Recognizers are even more ominous than they were in '82. The story and script are good enough that I didn't detect any serious holes, the acting is better than I expected (though Jeff Bridges of course is always good), and I thought it was paced distinctly better than the original. Actors are way better at doing this type of film (doing all their acting in front of a green-screen) than they were in 1982 and the performances are not as 'stagey' as in the first film. Some reviews have said the technological ideas addressed by the script are 'passé', but I don't think the audience needs to take a computer class just to enjoy a film.
Tron: Legacy is set in the present day and begins with Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), son of a gamer Kevin Flynn (Bridges) who disappeared into a virtual world more than two decades ago, still in mourning his father’s death.
One night, Sam receives a signal that seems to come from the now closed video arcade that Kevin owned. He knocks away at an old computer and is transported into a virtual world called The Grid. Sam has to fight multiple enemies in this world, however he has help from a warrior called Quorra (Olivia Wilde). She also helps Sam to reunite with his long-lost father. Sam, Quorra and Kevin return to the real world to battle Clu- a younger and evil version of Kevin who wants to hack his way into the real world.
The special effects in this movie are awesome and so worthy of the big screen and the soundtrack was killer as well. Now let’s talk about the bad stuff. The acting was lousy and actually bored me to death, however Olivia Wilde was the best one and brought some life into this movie. The dialogue was beyond lame and had no substance. Overall, this movie is worth seeing on the big screen because of special effects and totally awesome soundtrack, just ignore the dialogue and look at the pretty picture with amazing sound.
I admit it: I am a fan of the original Tron. I know some people find it cold and crude, but I was 8 when it came out, and I thought it was the coolest thing. In the years since, other people have joined me in the cult of Tron, and now, 28 years later, we have the souped up CGI of Tron: Legacy, a movie just as cool and even more visual stunning as the original.
20 years after the disappearance of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), his son Sam goes to Flynn's arcade and gets sucked into the video game to find...his dad! He's been kept prisoner in the game by Kevin's avatar, Clu (a pretty photo-realistic Jeff Bridges from 20 years ago). Sam needs to figure out how to get his dad out of this cyberworld.
It was only on viewing Tron later in life that I realized how ridiculous the story was. Tron: Legacy is just as crazy. But you're not going for the story. You're going for the light cycle races, the awesome deadly frisbee action. Seriously, this is eye candy, and in 3-D, it's even more awesome. Without worrying about the plot, you can go in there having no idea what went on in the first film, and that's OK. Just enjoy the ride while it lasts.
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