Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mr. A's review of........Tron Legacy

The Story
Sam Flynn has never had an easy life despite being the son of famous ENCOM CEO Kevin Flynn. After the disappearance of his father, Sam lashed out against the world and especially the people involved in his father's company.
One night after pirating ENCOM's new operating system and releasing it to the public, Sam is approached by Alan Brady, Kevin's long-time friend and co-worker. Alan reveals that he's received a page from Kevin's old office located in the now abandoned Flynn's Arcade.
Letting curiosity get the better of him, Sam ventures to the arcade and hacks into his father's computer mainframe and accidentally activates a digitizing laser which takes him into The Grid, a cyber-world populated by humanoid computer programs.
Being forced to fight for his life, Sam must defeat the omnipotent Clu, find his father, and escape this horrific place before time runs out. Can Sam do it or will he fall before Clu and his silent guard Rinzler? Welcome to the Grid...

The Review
Waiting almost 30 years for a sequel to the original Tron, I must say that this film was a bit of a let down. Not to say that it wasn't a good movie, it was absolutely fantastic for what it was, it's just that there's was so much they could have done with the movie that they didn't.
I will say that it was good to see Jeff Bridges back as both Kevin Flynn and Clu, who should technically be called Clu 2. The CG used to de-age both Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Brady, Tron) was impressive.
The redesigns for the Lightcycles, combat uniforms, and pretty much EVERYTHING were awesome and seeing the images of programs doing disc battles in huge arenas made me feel like a kid again.
The pacing wasn't as good as it could have been and there were a few parts that seemed unnecessary (the entire scene with Castor felt sort of tacked together).
Overall though it was really fun and I'd probably go see this again.

The Verdict
Great effects and above-average acting will keep you interested, but unless you were a fan of the original Tron or you're a little kid, you might not like it.
One other piece of advice I must give you all is DO NOT SEE IT IN 3-D!!!
The portions that were actually in 3-D were good, but there wasn't enough of it to warrant you paying the extra $7 to see it. There was also the problem with the sides of the screen coming out of focus if you weren't looking right at it, but that could have just been the theater we saw it in.
Maka, Jam, Rerun (who from now on will be called Clu), and I all paid for the 3-D and we weren't impressed (which was why we kept the glasses after the movie).
If you got a free weekend and you like sci-fi/cyberpunk you should definitely catch this one. Drag your girlfriends to it!

5.5/10 in 3-D
7/10 in 2-D

Stay tuned for some old-school movie reviews from me and a possible Scott Pilgrim commentary!

Jaa mata,
Mr. A
(Executive producer, User)

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