Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tron: Legacy

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Tron: Legacy - 5 out of 5

It takes guts to make a sequel over twenty years after the first film and when the sequel is to a movie that has a cult following, you are really taking a gamble. However, Disney (after years of keeping the project in limbo) decided to bet the farm and bring us Tron: Legacy.

When you have a cult film get a sequel all this time later, the results will polarize the viewing audience. The film only gets a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, so people either love this movie or hate it. Me, personally, I LOVED it!

Jeff Bridges returns to The Grid with his lovable character, the hacker Kevin Flynn, but has been missing for years. Then, one day, his partner and creator of the program Tron; Alan Bradley, gets a mysterious page from Flynn's old office. Desperate to find his father, Sam Flynn goes to the old arcade from the first film and finds himself thrown into the new and improved digital world created by and currently imprisoning his dear old dad. In this new world, Sam finds himself in a ton of trouble as a program his father created called CLU has gone made and taken over and has now set his sights on the real world. What follows is an action pack story filled with some amazing special effects, sound and music.

Now, I hate trance, house and all things techno but I have to hand it to Daft Punk for providing an amazing score! And while I'm handing it out to people, I would like to hand it to the special effects crews for making Jeff Bridges look young. The digital effects they used to de-age him was incredible! At first, it was kind of strange to see it and looked...off--but as the film progresses, I started to notice just how much detail and how well they were able to make the 60 plus year old actor look. It's a testament to how far we've come with our digital effects.

Finally, I need to hand it to the filmmakers for putting the extremely hot Olivia Wilde into a skin-tight, light up suit. Many thanks for that!

My perverted comment aside, I really enjoyed this movie and was entertained quite thoroughly. While many critics have bashed the story and plot, I found these complaints to be minor and didn't stop me from having a good time. I thought the story was solid enough for a popcorn film and as far as the plot--sure it had it's problems and got lazy at points by showing flashbacks with voice-overs but it never became distracting and took me out of the film. If you want to complain, talk about how Cillian Murphy has too small of a role or the fact Michael Sheen played a creepy David Bowie character--but even these complaints aren't enough to hurt this film for me. In retrospect, I really REALLY regret NOT seeing this on an IMAX screen.

Tron: Legacy zooms in at a 5 out of 5. End of line.

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