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Tron Legacy

A 2010 movie directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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Visually stunning, Tron: Legacy doesn't offer enough reasons to care about the story...

  • Dec 17, 2010

This is a very ambiguous movie if you're trying to contemplate about it too much. It may appear to be a groundbreaking science fiction but it also may look like another pale blockbuster saved only by the visual effects. I'm not one of those Tron fanboys and I will not criticize the movie just for fun but I need to say that this film lacks in substance. You don't need to see the first movie to really connect the stories because there's an intro and many references through the movie about what was/is going on in this cybernetic game world. The story however it's pretty simple, straight forward (maybe too straight forward) and what enraged me the most was the lack of emotionality. It doesn't deal with emotions like it should have dealt. It's a flat storyline that gathers few crippled characters painted on a dark canvas. There's no real interest for the characters if you're not a fan of the universe. You will not care for neither of them, either they are on the good side or on the bad side, you will already know the result of this and you'll only look for the action sequences. Some say, that's enough for a movie like this to be considered good but I dare to raise the question: "since when the visuals overshadow the narrative structure to make it a good movie?". Since "creation" of cinema, the storyline is the most important thing connected to a movie. There are no "ifs" or "maybes", the story structure is the most important aspect of a movie and Tron fails significantly. It looks like a washed up palette of bright colors and at some times, it tries too hard to be that "large scale" type of movie so it gets silly and exaggerated in it's execution.

The characters, besides of not creating enough interest for the audience and energy within the movie itself, are also not brought to life by the portrayals. At one point I felt more attached to "Tron" (the character) than to "Sam Flynn" for example. The best performance is really brought to screen by Michael Sheen's "Castor". Sheen gave another short but impressive performance while Jeff Bridges was simply "on point". I didn't liked Garett Hedlund as "Sam Flynn". I just didn't get his take on his role. It was so bland and boring I didn't even bothered with his character that much. Of course Tron must have some sort of "feminine beauty" to sell, so choosing Olivia Wilde was a pretty decent thing to do. I enjoyed every moment she was on screen. She put the D in the 3D at points (If I could say that).

Moving to the technical execution of the movie, we have to acknowledge that "Tron: Legacy" will probably remain in history as a groundbreaking visionary film. It's superb contrast, it's clean image, it's dazzling visual effects and it's futuristic design should remain in history as probably the best to date. It's definitely a winner in visual effects category in any possible award show. Many like to compare this to Avatar but what they don't get is that what made Avatar incredible was the technology used in the 3D animation. The design and the color contrast, the details in that beautiful world created by James Cameron are the main important aspects of its "visual iconic" status. On the other hand Tron really impresses by simply the visual effects and how they really work with the audience. The design was not as complex as it was in Avatar, it was more flat and clean but at the same time it has the uniqueness needed to send shivers through your body and really make you feel that "digital" world. The atmosphere is also fantastic mainly because of Daft Punk's work. The music is really innovative and extraordinary. I don't know about an academy award nomination since it might be too futuristic for the critics but if you ask me, Daft Punk deserves a nomination. The score is brilliant and I can't think of something else that could fit this immersive world created.

"Tron: Legacy" it's a real experience when it comes to atmosphere and visual display but it has a lot of gasps and it really doesn't work as a story. It has a poor narrative execution and the characters are not that interesting to really care about one of them. Sympathy towards this movie is plenty though, and I really do think it will be a timeless movie but only because of how visual bold it was. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have a good time at the cinema, I recommend it to anyone who's in love with dazzling 3D experiences and I think I could actually recommend it to anyone since it is a must-see movie.

Storyline/Dialogue: 6,5/10.
Acting: 7/10.
Art Direction: 9/10.
Cinematography/Editing: 9/10.
Score/Soundtrack: 10/10.
Visual Effects: 10/10.
Overall: 7,7

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December 17, 2010
Aw, how le disappointing. Glad I didn't catch the midnight viewing last night then. But I'll catch it sometime soon though because, after all, it is Tron :P Great review!
December 17, 2010
Not expecting much from this film since I was never a big fan of the original, but I will check it out this weekend. Thanks for the review!
December 17, 2010
Appreciated. ;)
February 08, 2011
Also, congrats on your nomination for this review!
February 08, 2011
thanks a lot.
December 17, 2010
I wanted to see this film and still might but, maybe as a $6 special! I would get frustrated by acting and a storyline that's lacking, so thanks to you and this review, I won't get my hopes up and just take it as what it is- a visual, brain candy entertainment piece. Thanks for the heads up :)
December 17, 2010
LOL...me too!
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“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), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.Poster art for "Tron: Legacy 3D"
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Director: Joseph Kosinski
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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