Posted on 1/25/11 03:14 PM
Tron: Legacy is a sequel of well-known sf movie about a Kevin Flynn, the young programmer who had been literally sucked into a virtual reality, where he could have been forced to struggle with hostile artificial intelligence. Now, the action takes place 28 years after the events mentioned in original "Tron" and major protagonist is orphaned Kevin's son - Sam. He is not interested in the father's business; however, after obtaining an enigmatic message from him, Sam decided to check the situation out, which results in his incarceration in The Grid - virtual reality created by Kevin himself.
As we see the plot isn't appears to be very sophisticated, however, I must say it isn't as bad as I was afraid of. Fortunately, the move is devoid of annoying (supposed to be funny) minor characters, which is typical for PG-13 action or sf flicks (Transformers 2 is an epitome of this tendency), what is more all performances are at least tolerable.
Similarly to its famous predecessor, this movie is a landmark of computer animation. All effects-driven scenes are the state of art of modern FX. Yes, I know that such a statement could be applied to many other recently released movies. Though the most important thing is not how detailed rendering is possible but what should be rendered. Nowadays, it is possible to show virtually everything so the only limiting factor is our creativity. This is the reason why I like visuals in this movie - the design of presented virtual reality is just stunning. It's much more pleasurable to watch than numerous explosion or giants robots, what was showed in a myriad of movies and every time looks the same. The second virtue of the movie is amazing score. It's really good blend of electronic and symphonic music, which perfectly cooperate with aforementioned visuals, elevating the entertaining value of the movie. I must say that I'm a bit disappointed that neither special effects nor score didn't get Oscar nomination.
Of course the movie isn't flawless. As I mentioned above the plot is predictable, characters are underdeveloped and the dialogs aren't very witty. "Tron: Legacy" isn't (and never pretended to be) an intellectual movie - no cerebral thrills are provided. . Contrary to "Avatar" and similar epic movies it doesn't try delivering any political or moral messages also. This picture is pure fun and nothing more so if you want to see light and visually dazzling movie you shouldn't be disappointed.