The long-awaited sequel is here. Tron: Legacy. Do you recall how imaginitive, pioneering, and new the original Tron film was back in 1982? The newest film is one that gives Hollywood an idea as to what direction sequels should take! Tron: Legacy succeeds in many ways!
Here’s what’s great about the film. Visually, this movie is spectacular! Not as groundbreaking as the original, but it is better looking by far! The acting of Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, and, yes, even Olivia Wilde (who is, shall we say, “acting-challenged”) was far above the quality of acting present in the first Tron. (I didn’t say that they were all great though…Michael Sheen’s performance leaves something to be desired….). Tron lovers will find this film enjoyable as it is a great continuation of the original story. A strength of this film is the fact that even if you don’t remember much of Tron (or never watched it for that matter) you can still enjoy Tron: Legacy and understand what is going on. The film lays out some great backstory in order to catch you up to speed with the events that transpired decades ago.
Something else this film accomplishes is a good job at reverse-aging Jeff Bridges by ~30 years!!! Almost unbelievable, the way in which Bridges looks in this film. Sometimes it does detract due to how he looks, but it works overall. Leave it to Tron to always try to do something to stay ahead of the game when it comes to technology in the movies! But, not only do they bring out great technology in this film, they also bring out a well-founded relationship between Flynn and his son. This relationship between the two was highly believable and engrossing as Sam has been searching for and wondering about his father since his strange disappearance 20 years ago!
While the film is both fun and visually pleasing it does present a few problems. Unfortunately, several situations end up being predictable. After the end of the film, I looked over at my friend, Meccadawn, and said “I saw all of that happening!” He agreed. Surprise reveals ended up not being surprising at all, really. Definitely not the mystery caper of the year! Also, the action scenes in general lacked a sense of greater pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrill that other action movies bring nowadays. Another slight disappoint is the fact that the 3D was advertised as being super great and new when in reality not many scenes at all really showcase the 3D features in this film. Go see it in 2D.
For those of you who love the band Daft Punk, you will enjoy their music and cameos in the film.
Other fun things about the movie: Light Cycles (well, all of the light vehicles), The story (wish they would’ve explained the grid just a little bit more), and the action. The movie leaves a few cliffhangers and unexplained occurences that, unfortunately, do not get resolved….leaving room for an already rumored third part to the Tron adventure. We will just have to wait and see.
Tron: Legacy is a fun movie! I am glad I got to see it. Would recommend watching the original still prior to going to see it. Tron: Legacy pays tribute to the original Tron film several times throughout the film, allowing for an even greater connection to be made.
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–TheSp1der’s Score: overall: 7.5 out of 10 stars “Tron: Legacy”
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