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TRON: LEGACY (review)

Produced by Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Steven Lisberger
Screenplay by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Story by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, 
Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Based on Characters by Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, 
Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, 
James Frain, Beau Garrett


Tron: Legacy starts promising with a strong first act which sets up up the sequel to the 28 year old original film.  Digital technology helps to create an avatar of Jeff Bridges circa 1989, reprising his role as (Kevin) Flynn, hacker and visionary and now single father to his beloved son, Sam.

One night, after a bedtime story that recalls the adventures of the original film, Flynn says good night to his son and disappears leaving Sam and company, Encom without his guidance.  Sam grows up rebellious, annually pranking Encom and with little respect for anyone involved with the company with the exception of his father’s friend, Alan Bradley (who in the digital grid is the hero, Tron).

Alan informs Sam that he had received a cryptic message originating from Flynn’s abandoned video arcade.  Sam’s investigation leads to his entrance into the digital realm and that’s where the film begins to suffer.

Bridges appears as Clu 2, Flynn’s artificial intelligence program, who has taken over the system and keeps Kevin Flynn in seclusion.

Within the grid, the now evil Clu rules and spends his days looking for Flynn, who remains hidden; living with Wilde’s Quorra, a stunning wide-eyed program who serves as Flynn’s apprentice and confidant. 

Unfortunately, digital special effects and eye candy don’t make the film any more interesting.  Once Sam is within the system, there’s a number of ideas, but no real plot or direction.

Kozinski’s strength lies with his visuals, as most of the performances feel misguided or not guided at all.  Most blatant is Bridges’ portrayal of the older Kevin Flynn as a zen hippie which feels like a rehash of his “The Dude” persona.  Michael Sheen’s brief appearance also feels like the work of an actor out of control, mugging for the camera like Johnny Depp in a Tim Burton film.

The much lauded 3D effects aren’t particularly interesting and will hopefully be another nail in the coffin for this overused gimmick.  The film lifts considerably from the Star Wars series, including some of Lucas’ misfires (Quorra is essentially an individual Midi-chlorian).

Hedlund gives a solid performance, but doesn’t have much to do except try and understand what exactly is going on.

Much like the audience.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    December 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    your are an idiot! and obviously someone who did not watch the film correctly. The detective story in the movie is a son in search of a father. Clue 2.0 does not keep Flynn in seclusion as much as it was the only way out of the Grid was closed due to the event of Flynn staying there too long, apparently you missed that exposition from Kevin Flynn in the film. Secondly what is wrong with Bridges older Flynn as a zen hippie? have you not seen the original film? he is like that in that movie, just watch the opening Flynn's arcade scene where he is setting a new record on the light cycles arcade game. He is very zen and hippy, why would he change? especially being stuck in a computer world for 20 years.

    How was the movie not interesting, it was a build up not only explaining the fate of Flynn but what was different about this world from the first film, what Flynn's vision was, the searching for a father, the digital son betraying the father and ultimately the legacy of Tron protecting the users from the programs. I think you misunderstood the iso plotline as well.

    I think you should watch the film again, plus Hedlund was the worst part of the movie, he was wooden, uncharismatic and didn't have the pizazz that someone like a Chris Pine or actor of that caliber would have.

    Ultimately you are not a fan of the original Tron if you do not like this movie. It is humorous that you think you review even means a damn anyway, Tron Legacy, financially could be this year's Avatar and I would wager on that. At least this movie has better themes and character evolution than that Dances with Smurfs pile of crap.

  2. Stefan Blitz

    December 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Financially this year's Avatar? I'll take that bet.

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