Tron Legacy Reviews
Tron Legacy is definitely a sequel that really steps up the game in terms of the style it shows. It is modeled after the style of the original film but like this new film, the world has evolved drastically since those times and everything is now much more high tech and creative in design. With CG the effects are very much improved from the first film and really are one of the shining points of this film and they look incredible. Now the Light Cycle battles look incredible and now there's not just light cycles, but light ships, light planes, and even light gliders, and each looks incredibly well stylized in this world and the CG really does help make this world and machinery look incredible.
Now Tron Legacy doesn't have the best acting in the world and Hedlund and Quorra can get kind of annoying at some points due to how cheesy their dialogue is, but the main selling point in terms of the acting in this movie, is two people, Jeff Bridges and Michael Sheen. Bridges does a great job at being both calm and collected as Flynn and being a ruthless and horrible prick as C.L.U. and Sheen, though having little screen time, takes major advantage of this screen time and makes it so you never can take your eyes off of him just due to how bizarre and strange he acts and is the big show stealer in the whole club scene.
The main thing that steals the show in this whole movie aside from the effects and scenery, is the incredible music, all done incredibly by Daft Punk. This techno sound that they traditionally are known for truly signifies the hi-tech feel and look of this world, and I personally think this is one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard in a film.
Overall, this is an incredible sequel and a major improvement over the first film in the technical standpoint, and musical standpoint, and this is hands down one of my favorite films of all time. True it does have some falts like some of the dialogue in the film is incredibly cheesy, but the good dialogue from Jeff Bridges and Sheen does make up for the cheesy. I'd say check it out if you want an incredibly entertaining sequel to make up for the stupidness of some other action sequels done in the past.
Of course, the story easily fits on a beer coaster. Flynn's son (accidentally) goes into The Grid to find his father who has been missing for 20 years. It's not surprising to report that the plot has few surprises to offer (at least in the first half) and doesn't exactly reach Shakespearean proportions of drama. The movie's smart enough to add plenty of really gorgeously looking action sequences just at the right times. The visuals of the world inside The Grid is sometimes breathtaking, always impressive, but surprisingly dark. The decent but not stunning 3D effects are limited to this part of the film, the real world remains 2D.
The list of actors worth mentioning is relatively short, considering 80% of the characters are wearing masks throughout the entire film. Newcomer Garrett Hedlund delivers a surprisingly confident performance as the leading man. Jeff Bridges sometimes even channels The Dude Lebowski in his role as older Flynn and reaches the excellent level of acting one can expect from him towards the end of the film. Olivia Wilds's character as female sidekick may not give her much space to shine, but yet she manages to add a quirky quality to it that's rather likable. Michael Sheen as flamboyant club owner overacts by a notch or two.
The problem is the bad guy, a pretty well known but computer generated face, that once again shows that actors won't have to fear replacement any time soon. A couple of times you forget that it's just a computer trick, but most of the time it's a tad disenchanting.
The soundtrack by Daft Punk, mixing a classic score with their pumping electronic rhythms, may be one of the best aspects of the film. Together with the stunning visuals the movie creates a pulsating, enchanting rhythm, especially during the club fight sequence that is a pleasure for all senses.
The final verdict for the film may have been style winning over brains and heart, if it wasn't for the ending, which finally reaches an emotional level the viewer can connect to. And the final frame of the movie is actually so sweet that it entirely redeems the emotionally somewhat cool and indifferent first half of the story.
It's easy to rip this movie apart if you're not willing to suspend disbelief and enjoy pointing out plot holes (or maybe I simply didn't get it.) Or you can just let yourself get drawn into his world and have two pretty damn entertaining hours with this. It's mostly up to the audience.
*Puts on glasses*
"Tron Legacy" tries really, really hard to be a very cool and in some ways, it pulls off its tone. It's got some really breathtaking camera shots and especially with the power of IMAX cameras, it's rich in detail and lighting. But for the rest of the plot, its dreadfully boring and the choreography for the action scenes is very simple. The entertainment value with these action scenes are heightened only due to the CGI effects going about.
Saw it again! Love it! This movie sure is great and could have been even better if more bike action would have been included. Nevertheless is a pure adrenaline kinda movie, pump up the volume style, just like a Lady gaga video. Recommended to all!
The film opens with a flashback to 1989 as Kevin Flynn - now the CEO of ENCOM - tells his son Sam a story about his adventures in the Grid and about how he, Tron and Clu discovered something amazing and miraculous. Sam asks about it but is told to wait for next time as Kevin leaves for work. It then cuts to a montage of events and news reports about Kevin's disappearance, which has not only jeopardized ENCOM's future, but orphaned Sam.
In the present day, the now-adult Sam breaks into the ENCOM Tower and , despite the efforts of the board - including the son of Ed Dillinger (uncredited Cillian Murphy) steals Encom's new software, releasing it online. After being chased to the top of the tower by a security guard, Sam reveals himself and attempts to freefall off the tower only for his parachute to snag on a traffic light, and he is arrested shortly after freeing himself.
Sam eventually makes bail and returns to his apartment and is met by Alan Bradley, who tells him about a page he received from his Dad's office in the arcade. Reluctantly following the tip, Sam locates a hidden doorway behind the arcade's Tron game which leads him to a secret workshop. He begins searching through his father's computer and unknowingly activites a digitizing ray which transports into the digital world. As the confused young man takes his leave and steps out onto the Grid, he is spotted by a Recognizer, and the programs within assign him to the Games.
He is taken down to the Armoury Sirens, to be clad in armour and given an Identity Disc. Upon arriving in the Disc Wars Arena he narrowly manages to survive and spends his final round battling against Rinzler, who recognizes Sam as a User after seeing him bleed. Clu, who has been watching the events, has Sam brought to his lair. As the two talk, Sam believes he is speaking to his father. However, Clu denies this and has him sent to the Lightcycle arena while a mysterious figure watches them.
Sam is teamed with several other programs in the ensuing race againt Clu and his followers, but ends up as the sole survivor of his group. He is saved from deresolution by the stranger who - while driving away in a Light Runner - introduces herself as Quorra. She takes him to a secret hideaway "off the grid" where Sam is reunited with his father. Over dinner, Kevin answers Sam's biggest question, regarding where he went all those years ago. Kevin relates how he was able to access The Grid, and brought along Tron, as well as Clu to help him create his perfect world. Kevin also reveals that the miracle he mentioned before his disappearance was the birth of ISOs - a brand new form of program created by the Grid itself. However, altercations arose when Clu felt 'imperfections' were rampant on The Grid. Clu then proceeded to take over by ambushing Kevin and Tron. Tron protected Kevin, but was derezzed in the process. Kevin then escaped into seclusion, but also was witness to Clu destroying the ISOs, as he believed they were not part of the perfect plan.
Later, Sam argues with his dad as he believes they can still make their way to the portal - which will remain open for eight Grid-world hours - and return home, but Kevin objects, citing that this is exactly what Clu would want: a prime oppurtunity to steal Kevin's Identity Disc and use the information stored inside to manipulate the portal. Kevin is also certain that it was Clu who sent the page to Alan.
Realzing that Sam is frustrated at being unable to help, Quorra tells him of a program called Zuse who could be of assistance. His mind made up, Sam takes off in Kevin's Lightcycle and keeps guards off his trail by handing the lightcycle away to another program as a distraction. Unfortunately, Clu traces the vehicle's point of origin and investigates Kevin's hideout only to find it empty.
As Sam explores the city he crosses paths with the Armoury Siren known as Gem, who offers to take him to where he needs to go. He accepts and they arrive at the End of Line Club. Gem calls on club owner Castor who reveals himself to be Zuse. However he betrays Sam to Clu and although Quorra and Kevin intervene, Quorra's arm is derezzed in the ensuing brawl, Kevin's disk is stolen as the trio escapes, and the club is ultimately bombed when Clu double-crosses Castor and Gem.
Kevin and Sam continue to argue over what to do next and decide to take a Solar Sailer to the portal. As Kevin reconstructs Quorra's arm he reveals she is in fact the last ISO. As Sam and Kevin bond with each other, Quorra reboots her system and finds out that Kevin saved her.
The trio eventually find the Rectifying Room and realize Clu is making an army by forcibly reprogramming programs to escape into the Real World to "perfect" it. As they try to find their way out, Kevin recognises Rinzler as his old friend Tron, who was not derezzed, but has lost his memories after being reprogrammed by Clu. Quorra then passes the men her disc and distracts Rinzler so that they can track down Clu. Meanwhile Clu has Kevin's disc in place and as he is revealing his grand plan to his army, he is presented with - and insulted by - Quorra. Upon recognizing her as an ISO, Clu dismisses her after mentioning he has something special in mind for her.
After the Flynns contemplate their next move, Kevin seeks transport for them to escape in while Sam makes his way up to Clu's lair and takes Kevin's disk. After a failed attempt to quiz Clu's henchman Jarvis on Quorra's whereabouts, Rinzler returns to the lair with Quorra and engages Sam once again, with Sam emerging victorious after knocking Rinzler off a ledge. Sam and Quorra use a digital wing-like parachute to make their escape and meet up with Kevin in the Light Jet hangar. Clu then finds the disk gone and derezzes Jarvis for letting them escape before he and his henchmen give chase in their own Light Jets.
Sam is sent to the turret of the jet and manages to blast everyone except Rinzler and Clu out of the sky. As he is ordered to fire at Sam, Rinzler begins to regain his memories of being Tron and turns against Clu with the battle cry "I Fight for the Users!" As the pair battle in mid-air, Clu wins and flies after the heroes once again while Tron is left sinking to the bottom of the Sea of Simulation, being restored to himself in the process and regaining his white circuit coloration.
As the trio head toward the portal, Kevin asks Quorra to do something for him. Upon reaching their destination they are confronted by Clu, who insits he was simply following the directive Kevin programmed into him: to make a perfect world. Kevin rebutts, stating that he made a mistake in doing this and apologizes to Clu for realizing too late that they couldn't perfect the Grid. However, Clu attacks him and the bridge to the portal breaks off, separating the group. Clu then tries to steal Kevin's disk but is surprised to find Quorra's disk, and chases after Sam and Quorra as they activate the portal. Just before Clu reaches them, Kevin absorbs his counterpart into himself, destroying them both and engulfing the Grid in a tremendous explosion.
Back in the real world at long last, Sam keeps the master key in the form of a microchip-shaped necklace and pages Alan, telling him he was right about everything and will take control of ENCOM with Alan as chairman. As he leaves the arcade, he finds Quorra outside and she asks what they will do now. Sam then takes her on a ride on his motorcycle, showing her the real world.
Also, Garrett Hedlund was soo cute.
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Summary: While investigating the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges), techie Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) lands in a beguiling computerized world of enslaved gladiators, where his dad has been living for more than 20 years.
My Thoughts: "I am not familiar with the first movie nor was I with exactly what the film was about. But I got it in the mail and I'm not one to turn a movie away, so I sat down to watch this movie that is visually fantastic. I was very impressed with look of the film. The story left something to be desired though. I was hoping for more action. I did think the acting was done very well by all. Just felt like there should have been more story and more action to make this one great. But it is still worth seeing."