REVIEW: TRON: LEGACY
“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured
on the big screen Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious
disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff 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 (Olivia
Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a
universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined
vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.
Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy® Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk,
Sam Flynn: Dad?
Kevin Flynn: Sam.
Sam Flynn: Long time.
Kevin Flynn: You have no idea.
It has been a long time, 28 years to be exact. Wow, 28 years later for a sequel to Tron, something that I thought would never happen. Almost too long for a sequel to pop up, but I think this was the right time. Tron fans, YES! Finally! Let’s celebrate this wondrous event. Obviously, this is a must see for Tron fans as well as sci-fi fans at large. This is a visual extravaganza and an audio delight! The story is pretty good and it ties in very nicely with the first one. It was a special treat to have both Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner playing their respective roles again, Kevin Flynn and Alan Bradley/Tron, especially after so many years. They both did a fine job bringing those characters back to life. It was popular opinion back in the day that the original Tron movie was way ahead of its time in concept and special effects. Remember, this was 1982. I wouldn’t quite say that this contemporary sequel is ahead of its time, but it sure is more than amazing, definitely. Again, this movie is visually stunning, almost as much as Avatar. Needless to say, the special effects are top notch and they alone make the movie worth watching. Even from the very beginning of the movie, the newest Disney studio logo presentation (you know the one with the realistic castle and the train in the distance of a beautiful countryside and fireworks appear and Tink does her thing) was modified to be more appropriate with the Tron theme and boy does it look cool. The screening I attended was in IMAX 3D. Seeing it in IMAX is highly recommended. As far as the 3D aspect of it, well I’m hearing some people say it is not necessary to see it in 3D and yes, to an extent I agree, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Some of you might also be wondering if seeing the first one is a requirement. Well, considering that it is very difficult to get your hands on a copy, if you don’t already have one or know someone that does you might not have a choice. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary but it does give a lot of background on Kevin Flynn, his company, Tron himself, and why this computer world looks and functions the way it does. It would help this one make a little more sense, but you can get away with not seeing the first one.
Kevin Flynn: The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer. Ships, motorcycles. With the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day... I got in.
Can you imagine? Well this movie will help you with that. This movie is techy at times given the subject matter, but it won’t blow you away with it. It is also a little cheesy at times during some scenes and with some of the script, but the rest of the movie makes up for it. It has the potential to stimulate your intellect a bit, but it really exceeds in stimulating your senses, especially sight and hearing. Did I mention that the special effects and overall visual aspect of this movie is phenomenal? Yeah. The sound effects for this film are just as good. I will be quite upset if this movie does not get an Oscar nomination in the sound categories as well as special effects at least. Not to mention that Daft Punk is a major contributor to the soundtrack. How appropriate is that? As far as the rest of the cast, Olivia Wilde as Quorra was sharp with her performance as well as with her looks. Michael Sheen did an interesting job playing the over the top character Castor. And then there’s Garrett Hedlund playing the major role of Sam Flynn, Kevin’s son. I wasn’t too confident at first about him with this lead role, but he was exceptional; reminiscent of a young Mark Hamill playing Luke Skywalker for the first time. I was also impressed with Director Joseph Kosinski’s work with this production considering it is only his first major motion picture direction.
Sam Flynn: Alan, you're acting like I'm going to find him sittin' at work, just, "Hey, kiddo, lost track of time."
Alan Bradley: Wouldn't that be something.
That line gives me chills, in a good way, as does this movie as a whole. Off the top of my head, two of the most visually stunning movies of this year are Alice in Wonderland and Inception. This one is easily, I mean easily in that category.
By Cine Marcos
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