Posted on 7/14/11 10:40 AM
Kevin Flynn(Jeff Bridges)creator of one of the leading software-companies in the world,disappears from the face of the earth, right when he's at his most successful.20 years later,a page from Flynn's arcade,leads his son Sam(Garett Hedlund)into The Grid.The virtual world created by Kevin Flynn so long ago.In the quest to find his father, Sam gets an ally in Quorra(Olivia Wilde),a digital being,on the run from the authorities.
Kevin Flynn's original idea and ideal of creating a perfect world,has had extreme consequences.For in the pursuit of perfection, all vibrant diversity has been rooted out.Once a flourishing society,the Grid is now ruled by fear.And death in the arena,like in the Roman Empire, has become a source of common entertainment...
MY OPINION OF THE MOVIE:
I must agree with the critics, who stated that the director and his crew has sought to distract us from the lack of a good plot, by focusing their efforts on making this movie a visual spectacle.Usually I concentrate on the plot-and actor-related failings of such effects-driven movies.But in this instance I was blown away by the exuberant look and vibe of the movie. So much so,that while I certainly noticed several flaws,my cynical and objective side lost out.
However, I would be amiss if I didn't mention that Tron Legacy introduces much more ideas and concepts,than it is able to explore satisfactorily(the origin of Quorra's people for one thing). This movie is also a bit like its digital inhabitants,lacking in emotional depth.Much due to some macho-man stone-faced acting from Garret Hedlund.To some degree this impression is changed by The Dude(Bridges),and a good turn by Olivia Wilde, who lends truth to the coexistence of the two extremes in Quorra's personality:The efficient killer on one hand,and her childlike innocence and curiosity on the other.
But back to the visuals. They are the best I've seen this side of Avatar(another cliched,but entertaining spectacle).From Light-bikes to Disc-wars,Spaceships to Digital Death's,this luminous world beneath an overcast sky dazzles, and leaves you breathless.The blinding pace and kinetic set-pieces that dominate this movie(except for the middle), is truly awe-inspiring.
Besides that there's no doubt that with Daft Punk's signature Electronica,and their strong computer-generated beats,the producers have made the perfect choice of artists,for the soundtrack of the artificial universe of The Grid.
In this case therefore,despite a flawed plot,and some below-par acting from Hedlund,I let my imagination soar,and had a great time at the Cinema.