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Tron Legacy

A 2010 movie directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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'Tron Legacy' More Advanced, Less Worthwhile

  • Feb 2, 2011
If nothing else, Tron Legacy is Sci-Fi eye-candy. I truly remember the original back in the early eighties. It transported me to a place I had never been before. In college video games had invigorated our recreation time with Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Centipede, which gave us study breaks and a hefty escape from the pressures of college. Tron delivered us into that same world in a sustaining way by combining a convincing mix of arcade life and real life. The visuals and the world created there were both unique and mesmerizing. By the time the protagonist was brought back to life outside the game, I felt I had been gone a long time.

There’s a trade off that takes place between the original Tron and the sequel, Tron Legacy. And judging both entities is really a matter of separating the story from the special effects. (Although taking a movie apart in not an entirely fair way to judge a movie.)

Of course Tron Legacy has some visual appeal that immediately hooks in the audience. There are discuses which are thrown as weapons in stadium duels between man and machine, artificial crowd cheering, and vehicles that ride in Matrix-like slow-motion arcs that splash wild neon colors in high-tech chase scenes.

Call me old-fashioned. Call me clueless, but, while I love how the new visuals’ striking appeal, and I really enjoyed how they linked time together by having Flynn’s son visit his father’s old arcade after he mysteriously disappeared from his Fortune 500 company (as well as rebooting the sequel by having Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner on the screen) the pregnant pauses for narrative and a too-often pensive story-line take away the excitement and urgency found in the primitive original.

Further that with more stagnant and less compelling chase sequences in between, and I thought much of the magic was lost. The fights in the inner space bar seem lame and familiar--especially if you consider the original Star Wars as the standard. Chris Pine or Channing Tatum could just have easily taken the part of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund). This young protagonist, along with a few others were far from a stellar cast, except for Bridges who could play his character with the vitality and looks easily reminiscent of his younger performance--alongside with his aging counterpart, a Zen recluse (a captive to his own technology) and his nemesis/alter ego (Clu). Olivia Wilde as the heroine, Quorra, doesn’t do much for the proceedings either. Bruce Boxleitner is merely a token memory of the original.

Tron Legacy remains worthy as a minor arcade, a nice milestone party, and a bit of memory filing experience--not unlike a thirty year high school reunion, but, in the end, the film is a forgettable ride that might be worth taking only once.
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February 02, 2011
Thanks, Woopak. I wish I would have submitted it sooner. I'm still glad I took this trek, but I don't think it's that good. I'm sure you're right about Bridges. He was good here, but he was in fine form in 'Crazy Heart'.
February 02, 2011
sweet! Now that is some pretty great critique! It's amazing how much Bridges excelled in roles like THE DOOR ON THE FLOOR and the recent TRUE GRIT and he still gets a role like this that doesn't require his talents. Thanks for the review, JP!
February 02, 2011
Well, here I am...a day late and a dollar short. I sat on this review for two weeks and was late for the premiere. Sigh...
February 02, 2011
Nice review. This ended up at #10 on my Worst Films of the Year list. That made a lot of people unhappy, especially on Amazon. Is it wrong of me to believe that even a special effects extravaganza should have a story? Admittedly, I ask myself the same thing about the first movie.
February 02, 2011
Thanks for your positive comments and your candour. I feel really affirmed when I give a review that has some common threads as yours. I didn't look at your review or Woopak's ( I don't want to bias myself, but you both gave this film a 2.) Thanks for visiting and your encouragment. I feel embarrassed like everyone has moved on. I am glad I went to see this one at the I-Max and with 3-D glasses, though.)
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review by . December 19, 2010
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Uninspired, Unimpressive, Dull And Redundant
Every once in awhile, we get to see a film aimed at displaying the latest advancements in movie magic. Movies such as this prove to be simple escapist entertainment that is meant to take the viewer along for its ride, and not much else. However, I think escapist entertainment is just another excuse of a mediocre film, since movies such as “The Matrix”, the anime “Spirited Away” and even the recently released “Inception” have managed to impress with a compelling …
review by . December 20, 2010
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review by . January 05, 2012
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I never thought I would like this movie so much
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review by . December 18, 2010
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review by . June 08, 2011
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review by . December 21, 2010
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review by . December 24, 2010
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review by . December 17, 2010
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review by . December 20, 2010
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review by . December 18, 2010
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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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