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Tron Legacy

A 2010 movie directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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3 1/2 stars: The legacy continues

  • Dec 28, 2010


a young upstart computer genius named Kevin Flynn(Jeff Bridges)  was amazingly transported to a whole new world within cyber space  when he  incurs the  wrath of a highly intelligent computer program named MCP(Master Computer Program) and is digitized into the ENCOM mainframe. Where  with the help  of  a  security program named TRON(Bruce Boxleitner) and  a feisty program named Yori( Cindy Morgan)they fight back against the evil Sark(David Warner) and take back The Grid from his control. 

It has been seven years since Kevin Flynn had his  amazing  eye  opening adventure in the world of The Grid, Flynn is now a CEO at ENCOM  and is one of there best programmers. A legend and   titan in the ways of gaming Flynn has constructed a completely new Grid far more advanced than the world he visited in "TRON"(1982) He has made a world that rivals that of the real world. He has even constructed a powerful program he has named CLU (also Jeff Bridges) to watch over and maintain the world he has created. One night while telling his son Sam about this new "digital frontier" he has created, he calls The Grid, a virtual domain existing inside his computer. Kevin  tells Sam of the two programs that are helping him in his endeavor to perfect this beautiful world  TRON and CLU; TRON is tasked with keeping The Grid secure while CLU is tasked with creating the perfect system. Flynn finishes regaling his story to his young son and departs to his office to work on his creation when that night he mysteriously vanishes without a trace.

It has been more than twenty years since the disappearance of software innovator and computer wiz Kevin Flynn, almost twenty years since the gateway to The Grid has been opened. Now a new hero will rise to step foot into the world that has been long forgotten a world where the unimaginable is real, where there are no limits to what you can do. A  young man is about to jump head first into a battle that has been ragging for the better part of  twenty years between Creator and creation, between humans and programs. This is the continuing legacy of Kevin Flynn; this is the legacy of TRON.

"Tron Legacy" is what you would call pure eye candy with a heavy visual twist  much like "The Matrix"(1998) and  "Inception"(2010) the only thing that separates  these two films from Legacy is there deep rooted stories  groundbreaking visuals, thought provoking premises  and  phenomenal scripts from there respective directors. This sequel of the 1982 cult classic is rather simple stuff the screenplay by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis is dull with uninspired dialogue and a lack of real emotions. But what the screenplay lacks the sheer power of this visuals, action, story and the return of Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn greatly makes up for the lack of compelling  dialogue  in this film. First time director Joseph Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda do a bang up job bringing this visually lush world to life breathing life into a rather lifeless film and in the process creating a fantastical film that literally jumps out of the screen. "Tron Legacy" is a massive improvement on the original in both visuals and style  what the original lacked this absorbing sequel makes up for it with a high octane, bold adventure that is ripped right from  the world of TRON, this film may lack compelling dialogue but  it has just enough intelligence, style,  charm and  just enough well written  dialogue to save this from being a disaster  "Tron Legacy " is a magical in the sense of its wonder and excitement, in its visuals  and its at times emotional father son tale at the heart of this film.  This film is not one of the  years best and it is nowhere near as good as any other high gloss Science Fiction adventure such as  "The Matrix"  or  "Inception" but "Tron Legacy" proves to be one of the years most enjoyable popcorn adventure flicks and one of the most enjoyable film  of this  holiday season. I loved every minute of this wildly entertaining film.

To watch this film you have to leave you inhibitions at   the door, you have to leave logic at the door and just sit back and enjoy the ride, which is what I did. I just sat back and enjoyed this film for what it is flaws and all and trust me when I say  this movie has a boatload of them. To save this film the embarrassment  I am going  to restrain from naming them. However, I will name one the plot... the plot of this film is  full  of holes so  big  that you could stuff the whole digital world into it. That is not the point of this film that is not why it was made. If this film was made to be "Inception,” it would be but sadly, it is not. "Tron Legacy" is a great looking thrilling film that works despite the obvious flaws it has all the appeal of the 1982 supposed cult classic (which I did not like very much). What separates these two films is the upgrade in special effects and story. I know I shouldn't like this film as much as I should but I cannot help It I did this is a very enjoyable film and an excellent way to blow nearly two hours at the movies. This film is escapism at its very best a film where you can sit there and watch as your senses bombarded with visual excess and stylish execution. If you are looking for 1hr. 50 mins of pure unadulterated escapist fun than look no, further than "Tron Legacy" a summer blockbuster released  in the winter.

Garrett Hedlund is not a great actor by any standards, hell he is not even a good actor by any standards but he is at least strong enough to hold this movie together and drive it to the finis. Hedlund portrays Sam Flynn the 27-year-old tech savvy son of genius software designer Kevin Flynn. Every year since he was old enough to care Sam has been giving ENCOM there share of grief for taking his father's company. Sam at best can be described as a narcissist and loner with the only friends he has are  Allan Bradley and his dog Marvin but when Sam is transported into the world of The GRID he experiences a life changing experience. Sam Flynn at best is a stock character he lacks any originality or style to him Sam at best is nothing more than the A typical hero type who learns fast how to survive in The GRID. What is most frustrating is not the   lack of originality it is the lack of emotion and effort on the part of the actor who is portraying Sam, Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund lacks any charm, style or sophistication or hell any acting skills for that matter for such a crucial part as this, I will say one good thing in his defense  Hedlund   gives it his all and that is what matters even if, sad to say, his all is not enough. Hedlund grates and grinds but he never annoys which is his one redeeming quality if there are any. The rest of the cast including Jeff Bridges(in a dual role), Olivia Wilde(who is outrageously sexy in this), Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner   and an  exceptional  cameo from Cillian Murphy as Edward Dillinger, Jr.(the son of the villain from the original film) all turn in fine supporting work in this high energy Sci-Fi adventure.

"Tron Legacy" will not win many over with its lack of originality, it's lack of a coherent plot or high grade acting(the worse being Hedlund the best coming from Bridges, Wilde and Sheen) this is a rather impressive piece of filmmaking. A fine debut for director Joseph Kosinski who shows he has an eye for filmmaking he just hasn't found his story yet. "Tron Legacy" is  a visually arresting  summer blockbuster  that explodes off the screen in a fury of lights, energy and action this, and I might be in the minority here, is one of the most visually stunning entertaining films this year  a true visual wonder and a delight to watch.

4 stars: The legacy continues

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December 30, 2010
I want to see this, great review.
December 30, 2010
You should it is a very entertaining movie. And thank you.
December 28, 2010
Lopez, good review. I'll continue helping you moderate the Dreams of Our Youth community.
December 28, 2010
Hm. great write up but I am stunned that you gave this a +4 despite your criticisms about the film. ".... To save this film the embarrassment  I am going  to restrain from naming them. However, I will name one the plot; the plot of this film is full of holes big enough that you could stuff the whole digital world into it." now that is a great line LOL! I am with you on this one regarding flaws "... this movie has a boatload of them" Thanks, Lopez! I like the fact that we are getting different opinions in our community, this is what it is all about!
December 28, 2010
Thank you very much.I absolutely loved this film flaws and all I just had such a great time watching this movie It was like I was a kid again and to be truthful I haven't felt that feeling in a long time it felt good to feel that way and that is one of the main reasons why I liked this film so much it was just so damn good! In truth this might just make my end of the year list.
December 28, 2010
great! I am prepping my list too! I look forward in comparing notes!
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review by . December 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
Reviewing Tron Legacy is hard.  It is not a bad movie by any means but as I watched and observed it seemed as though there was something missing.  Along those lines it's not that Tron Legacy has nothing to offer, it's more that it's a movie that offers little more than it's own visually stimulation.  This wouldn't be bad at all IF Tron Legacy didn't try so hard to try to say something.  And we'll get to that.      By watching the …
review by . January 05, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I never thought I would like this movie so much
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review by . December 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . June 08, 2011
Let's be clear on something here, just to be sure we understand: The original Tron was NOT about characters or plot! Never, ever! It really wasn't - it was written and directed with every intention of being an excuse to show off Disney's new-fangled array of whiz-bang special effects. Although the special effects in the original Tron look badly dated by today's standards, back then they were a revolution, with Disney ushering in the official age of computer effects and using Tron as a way to intimidate …
review by . December 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Tron Legacy is a visually dazzling movie with excellent music and an easy to follow plot. I recommend the movie for these reasons. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn. He also plays the evil Clu. Clu is a computer program that looks exactly It is interesting to see Jeff Bridges play both characters. The plot is simple. Flynn has been trapped in a software virtual world for twenty plus years. He has a son named Sam who finds his long lost father and tries to get him out of this virtual …
review by . December 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   Ok, so it’s been almost a full day since I saw this movie and I’ve had to spend quite a lot of time, much more than usual, sorting out what I thought and what I wanted to write about it. The plot is pretty basic. The 1989 version of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), disappears. Twenty years later his son (Garrett Hedlund), goes looking for him. He gets sucked into the computer world where an evil program, Clu (Jeff Bridges), is masterminding a plot to take over the real world. …
review by . December 24, 2010
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review by . December 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . December 20, 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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