Tron Legacy Reviews
July 28, 2011
Only bad thing about this movie is it leaves you craving more.
May 22, 2013
It's good, it's one of a kind, it's different. The best visuals and 3-d for a future robot movie, and the best big-screen viewing experience in terms of rich digestability I've ever experienced. An amazing movie. Very creative action scenes. This whole idea of a fantasy world that is part cgi part human actors is amazing to look at. I couldn't believe my eyes. One of the best dazzlers ever... amazing special effects and good, expendable workhorse characters that did their job well without a lot of sizzle - and cut straight to the kung fu action. It was stunning and one of a kind. An amazing thrill ride and an undeniable treat.
October 14, 2014
Tron Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 Tron.This movie look marvelous and sounds amazing.You haven't lived if you haven't seen this movie yet.The acting isn't bad nor the script,they are okay.
October 9, 2014
Visually gorgeous, yet abysmally retarded, this outrageously poor follow-up to such a ground-breaking film was better off left in someone's mind. While I'm not averse to the movie-with-a-message, this movie was so ridiculously PC it made me openly groan several times during the movie. Instead of respecting the first film's cutting edge theme, the filmmakers chose to one-up the graphics, which with 25+ years-later technology available, I would certainly expect, and dumb-down (while simultaneously backslapping the heart) the concept that was so pioneering that it was better left alone. Unfortunately, in between weak, watered-down action scenes, we get elementary dialogue, poor acting and way too many messages about why building the perfect digital world has made us neglect and forget the perfect world in which we already live. To top it off, we have a techie-gone-hippie Kevin Flynn, played by a tepid performance by Jeff Bridges who can't help but occasionally morph into "The Dude." Sure, we all change as we get older. And, absolutely, we come to appreciate the world around us more as we increase with age, but this movie needed a Wachowski Brothers-like approach to the action and deep theme in order to warrant any serious consideration. Instead it was written by people who have spent more time on CW teen dramas than anything of technical substance. If you haven't seen it and love the first one, don't waste your time or memories on Tron Legacy.
October 4, 2014
Thanks to its fascinating cast of characters and spectacular visual effects and graphics also combined with a super-hip-groovy and fun soundtrack composed by Daft Punk and an easy story to follow, TRON: Legacy, the quite hopefully FIRST sequel to the original 1982 film TRON, is one of the very best science-fiction films that I, for one, have EVER seen in my entire lifetime! Strongly recommended.
The film takes place two decades and seven years after the end of the first film, and its main plot takes place two decades after its beginning. Flynn disappears for twenty years, and his son Sam is under the impression that he abandoned him, right up until the moment their old friend, Alan Bradley comes to visit Sam, and gives him a hint about his dad, which convinces him to go and save his long-lost father; but simultaneously, they also have to stop Flynn's program CLU from invading the world of the Humans. In the end, his father never made it back to the Human world, but we never know: did he really die after merging with CLU and imploding, or is it just an ambiguous disappearance? That leaves open room for a possible third TRON film, which is, eve, as we speak, in development! Definitely the continuation of a promising franchise not sure to fail, and has become my SECOND personal fav. sci-fi franchise and alternative universe ever, behind only Star Trek, and ahead of The X-Files.
Now on to the cast of characters. Veteran films-driven-with-dazzling-visual-effects actor Jeff Bridges delivered a BRILLIANT performance as one of its leading characters, Kevin Flynn, and its primary villain, CLU. In the original, he was totally "dude", and this one, he's STILL got his "dude" mojo. However, now this might not matter so much to most people, but after watching this film, my FATHER's main concern is that Flynn kept calling his son, Sam, Kiddo; and my father's always going like "HUH?", even after I explained to him the fact that he hadn't seen his son for twenty years; but I, for one, really don't care. Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde amazingly portrays quite a gorgeous and stunning isomorphic algorithm named Quorra with quite a fascinating personality; she lives with Flynn as his surrogate-daughter-figure, and dreams of the world of the Users, us humans who write and create the programs. I guess in a way, that's how her character can relate a bit to Ariel from 1989's The Little Mermaid. Then aiming towards Michael Sheen: Castor/Zuse, the flamboyant owner of the End of Line Club, is such a character, and his humor is quite amazingly similar to David Bowie.
However, the visuals are just SPECTACULAR, and should DEFINITELY be considered as a new generation of sci-fi films for future references.
And as for the score composed by Daft Punk, it is totally super-hip-groovy and fun, as it blends traditional orchestral/classical sounds heard in the background music to ANY type of media, and the group's traditional electronic sounds. Should DEFINITELY be considered for any and all future sci-fi films, as well! And perhaps one of the coolest things is that Daft Punk has worked with film-makers before in the past, and they have a cameo appearance in the film as the End of Line Club's two masked DJs! Radical, man!
So, in short, definitely recommended! But if you don't want to see it, I totally understand.
September 16, 2014
The special effects may overtake character development, but Tron Legacy is exceedingly entertaining sci-fi fun, and it's always a treat to see Jeff Bridges in the roll of Kevin Flynn.
September 30, 2014
Absolutely awful film....fragmented and seriously boring....turned off after an hour.
|John Eric D.||
September 29, 2014
This is all a cyberpunk flick that I needed, awesome visuals, unique group of people and living, Daft Punk music of course and obviously everybody wants Jeff Bridges to be their dad.
September 1, 2010
Si no fuera por los efectos, y por DaftPunk, no hubiera valido la pena. Creo que es una de las peores películas que he esperado.
Tiene de malo que algunos efectos en el trailer no aparecen en la película y que se obstinen en que los computadores hablan con voz entrecortada y por sílabas, no sé si ese efecto se me antoje «Techno»; pero lo peor es que en el final el viejo Flynn se inmola.
Tiene de positivo que se involucre mujeres, puesto que la original era predominantemente masculina, los decorados son muy buenos en general todos los espacios muy bien diseñados y excelente que a las trayectorias se les haya introducido curvatura.
September 20, 2014
Amazing 3D Visual Graphics!
Pros: Daft Punk music
Cons: Plot and story are disappointing..
September 17, 2014
Not one of the best movies, but certainly not the worst. Action packed with a twinge of love between a father and son in a unique environment.
May 1, 2011
The sequel to the classic innovated film - with the first use of computer-animation in live action - is better than its predecessor, and one of 2010's many best films. (A-)
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
September 13, 2014
I like this movie more each time I watch it. There are a few minor story flaws, but some were necessary to push the story along.
September 6, 2014
Tron Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 Tron.This movie look marvelous and sounds amazing.You haven't lived if you haven't seen this movie yet.
September 6, 2014
Best. Soundtrack. Ever.
September 3, 2014
This is visually breathtaking. But the plot and the characters are a repetition of the first movie.
September 2, 2014
TRON Legacy isn't as compelling or refined as it should be, but it overcomes it's flaws with dazzling CGI, Confident acting, and an impressive Musical score.
|Cameron W. Johnson||
April 16, 2011
Everyone is making their complaints, but I for one find this the satisfying sequel that we have all been waiting for in the "Matrix" saga. Seriously, to draw more comparisons, after "Troy", there "TRON", and after "Friday Night Lights", there was "Friday Night Club Lights", yet Garrett Hedlund still hasn't broken out! At least he'll do better than Bruce Boxleitner, because when this film came out, it had been nearly thirty years after the first "TRON", and, of course, Boxleitner couldn't wait to jump on this project, with brief appearances at the bookends. His career since what was supposed to be his breakout has been so underwhelming that he would have appeared in this film if it was entirely CG, and make no mistake, I'm not entirely convinced that this film isn't entirely in CG. Oh, of course there's plenty of live-action in this film, because the young Jeff Bridges they built is a little spotty, although it's only a matter of time before they perfect lifelike animation, and on that day, Boxleitner will say, "Yeah, how does it feel having your career ruined by Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges?", naturally with Beau Bridges at his side. They'll at least perfect digitally restoring the performers' youth, and then they'll have to deal with the mid-life crises that the performers will face at, like, 83. Before any of the digital advancements I'm yacking on about, they will perfect the technology to make Hollywood stars stay younger longer, and considering that Joseph Kosinki went on to research Tom Cruise in "Oblivion", he's probably heading the project, but until he completes it, I'm hoping that he'll be making more good movies like "Oblivion" and this, and will be able to work past certain issues that this film falls into.
I don't know if pacing is really all that big of a problem in this often, at the very least, tightly directed pseudo-epic, but not everything is nearly as tight as it should be in this two-hour-long film of constant plotting momentum which hits a few overdrawn spots that are made all the more draggy by the respectably thoughtful direction whose limp occasions are particularly around the middle of the final product. I really enjoy the dramatic effectiveness of the film, but there isn't much of a fun factor to overshadow the film's being pretty derivative as an adventure drama in its vein, following a formulaic path accompanied by clichéd, if not somewhat trite character types and dialogue. Edward Kitsis' and Adam Horowitz's script is fair, but the most flawed aspect of a potentially extremely well-made film, its clichés being at their worst with occasions of forced and often flat comic relief, and with contrivances that use potentially rich characters and noble themes as devices for the progression and, as irony would have it, thinning of a potentially enthralling plot. The dramatic value of the film is criminally underappreciated, but there is still something superficial, maybe even lazy about Horowitz' and Kitis' approach, and as so very good as the film is in so very many ways, under-inspired writing undercuts a lot of the impact of this film, maybe for the sake the spectacle that a storyteller as gifted as director Joseph Kosinki is able to see through, but cannot completely control. As phenomenal as the aesthetic elements are, almost to the point of making a strong epic in spite of all of the storytelling shortcomings, the film's prominent style further limits a sense of substance because of a lack of inspiration to drive the dramatic value to the level of the technical value, because as for all of the storytelling strengths to the direction, Kosinski doesn't get any real buzz out of the case - which features the occasional flat minor performance - to make up for the script's neglecting any real characterization nuance or extensive dramatic slow-down. This film may take itself a whole lot more seriously than the decent, but often hopelessly lazy predecessor, but, in a few ways, it is a notable example of the modern Disneyfied drama, which is low on kiddy corn, but busy and still superficial, with a style that is held at a greater value over substance which is pretty well-played, but betrayed by conventions, contrivances and some other elements of laziness, until the final product finds itself squandering potential. Still, the potential wouldn't be so palpable if the film didn't meet its many considerable shortcomings with many considerable strengths, the greatest of which, of course, being found within the aesthetic elements.
Honestly, I'm not a particularly huge fan of French house innovators and widely recognized electronic music legends Daft Punk, but I understand that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are technically proficient and versatile musicians and composers, and they explore their potential thoroughly with this score which is as outstanding as any heard in a 2010 film, with a sweeping range whose lighter spots are carried by haunting classicism, and whose grander elements are unique in their masterfully tight application of electronic and house flavors to a symphonic magnitude which is never overtaken by style, thus making for an electro-classical soundtrack that plays a key role in defining the aesthetic value and dramatic range of this pseudo-epic. The same role is played by cinematographer Claudio Miranda, whose shows that his breathtaking work with David Fincher on "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was far from a fluke through tight framing that is simultaneously intimate and broad, and through perfect definition, coloration and light to a prominent celebration of ruggedly bleak environments which capture a sense of grit, and of exuberant colors which are just plain breathtaking. The film might be as good-looking as any of 2010, although it's not as though Miranda isn't given already awe-inspiring visuals to polish lavishly, because in this time where technical advancements in filmmaking are flirting with a peak, the "TRON" franchise continues to break ground, with this film, whether it be imperfectly, but still very effectively showcasing the potential of youth restoration effects, or building an immense, exhaustingly extensive world that is rich with distinct characters and traits which are supposed to be digitally manufactured, but are too real to not transport you into a dazzlingly flashy, meticulously crafted vehicle for the majesty of modern filmmaking effects. Aesthetically outstanding and technically marvelous, the film may not come close to matching substance with style, but has to be seen in order to be believed for a style that newcoming director Joseph Kosinski orchestrates impeccably, tightly combining musical, visual and technical styles, in addition to fabulously stylish editing by James Haygood, in the context of anything from stellar, perfectly staged action that is either tightly well-choreographed or eye-poppingly extensive, to a liveliness that helps in sustaining your investment through all of the limp spots, and therefore endearing you to this film's having more than just style to thrive on. The original "TRON" presented a unique and lavish world that this film explores even more extensively, but the mythology behind this universe is not the only intriguing aspect of this story concept, which is formulaic and a little contrived, but richer than that of the adventurous predecessor, with greater scope and consequence, and, of course, much greater potential to be betrayed by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and all but fulfilled by the director. In addition to showcasing a great deal of stylistic proficiency, Kosinski, the film's strongest asset outside of the aesthetic and technical aspects, presents potential as a gifted storyteller, and what he lacks in salvaging nuanced performances to compensate for a lack of extensive humanization to characterization and plotting, he makes up for through scene structuring which is a whole lot tighter than the script itself, delivering on some realized heights in tension, if not resonance between an impeccable hook and a sweeping final act, with a thoughtful pacing that is sometimes blanding, and stands to be more effective in gracing the thinly written storytelling with subtlety, but establishes some sense of importance and urgency that defines the film as not simply more substantial than its predecessor, but as pretty compelling by its own right. This is kind of a frustrating film, because it has the makings of a very strong blockbuster, if not an outstanding adventure flick, but superficial writing and a little bit of problematic pacing hold the final product a long way back, but the fact of the matter is that, with magnificent aesthetics and compelling dramatics, this film rewards a good deal.
Overall, draggy spots in pacing allow you to meditate on the formulaic plotting and clichés which reflect a certain laziness almost as much as the cheesy spots, contrivances and shortage on human depth, thus the final product is unable to achieve the truly strong, if not outstanding state that it could have through the stellar score work by Daft Punk, stunning cinematography by Claudio Miranda, amazing, maybe even groundbreaking visual effects behind a compelling story that director Joseph Kosinski tells with enough lavish style and engrossing dramatic effectiveness to make "TRON: Legacy" a decidedly rewarding blockbuster that could have had a little bit more, yet nonetheless has a lot worth embracing.
3/5 - Good
January 7, 2011
super weird idea for a story...I never wanted to go inside a video game and meat computer programs. Similar toWreck It Ralph and I didn't like it either.
December 23, 2010
Suffers from all problems that Avatar did: overlong, overblown and poorly written. Pretty, but you don't need to see it in 3D.