Tron: Legacy

Posted: June 24, 2011 8:23 am in Review

Tron: Legacy

PG – 125 Min – 2010

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Starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn and Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, “Tron: Legacy” follows the story of the son of a virtual world designer who goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. There he meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.

Ah yes, Tron. I remember trying a few times in my life to get through the original “Tron” from 1982, but I would always lose interest really fast or just fall asleep. So when it was announced that they would be making a sequel, 28 years later, I was excited to see what today’s graphics and animation could do for this story. Well, the exciting colors and impressive display of computer graphics are just about the only thing that’s worth this movies rental.

This was the second movie in a night I had watched starring Jeff Bridges. Earlier that night I had watched “True Grit“, so the transition between the old west and The Grid might have been too much for me. Plus, Jeff’s performance in “True Grit” was so excellent that when I popped this one in I was actually kind of disappointed. He wasn’t horrible, but then again, there wasn’t anything amazing about him either. The one biggest complaint of mine was that they opted to make a complete CG young version of him, rather than have Jeff’s own face then just computer inhance it to cancel out the wrinkles. It’s been done before (in “X-Men: The Last Stand” they did this to both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen). Garrett Hedlund (last thing I saw him in was “Troy” as Patroclus) did an alright job, again nothing to crazy good. He got kind of annoying after a while actually. Olivia Wilde, now she made the movie for me, her and sexiness. Her character was pretty cool, and she was probably the best actor in the film. Michael Sheen is one of those amazingly talented actors who can only play bad guys. He was Steven Arthur Younger in “Unthinkable”, Lucian in “Underworld”, Lord Oliver in “Timeline”, and apparently Aro in “Twilight” (though were just gonna forget that he’s in that). He looked pretty bad ass as Castor in Tron, and I was glad to see that he hasn’t lost his bad guy flair. Also, Cillian Murphy (I know him as Jackson Rippner from “Red Eye” or Scarecrow from “Batman Begins”, though most know him as Robert Fischer from “Inception”) had a brief role in the beginning of the movie.

Speaking of brief roles, Daft Punk also had a brief spot in the film. Not only that, but they did the soundtrack to the movie. So, needless to say, the soundtrack was pretty beast.

The over all feel for the movie is just that Disney was trying to flex their CG muscles. Besides that spectacle, there really wasn’t much to it. I was a little let down, especially by the ending (it was such a typical Disney ending). There really isn’t anything new under the sun I suppose. Also, I probably would have enjoyed this movie more if it were a “PG-13” rated flick. They could have put in a lot more action that was more action and less stylization. I gave it a solid 2 and a half monkeys. Take it or leave it, I personally did not like it all that much. Well, except for Olivia Wilde.

 

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