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Summary: Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. (ZootCatchy)
The first Tron was a visual effects milestone and I expected as much from the sequel. I was more or less disappointed. The movie is pretty lifeless and while the movie has a real slick look, I could not get over the Jeff Bridges de-aging effects. They really dropped the ball in my opinion. Not only does Clu have only a passing resemblance to a young Jeff Bridges, but he looks like he was taken out of a cutscene of a videogame. And as a final note, I hated Michael Sheen and his character.
I admire the attempt to expand the TRON mythos, even if expanding the scope of the story occasionally makes things somewhat chatty and boring. ...okay, the story is a mess and full of logic holes, but at least they tried. Mainly the film is recommendable if only for some dazzling action sequences and gorgeous visuals, but it's not devoid of decent performances. Olivia Wilde is surprisingly good here, & of course Michael Sheen is watchable in anything. It's nothing special, but I had a good time.
Tron: Wasted Potential. The amazing art direction wasn't enough to save this bore of a movie. I don't understand whats so difficult; just blast Daft Punk and explore the grid. You don't have to include some stupid story when your writers obviously aren't talented enough to produce something unique and interesting.
A mess of good and bad elements. The lead man is absolutely boring, entirely uncharismatic, and overall a terrible actor. But Jeff Bridges does very well (duel performances, of sorts), Michael Sheen has a lot fun with his Bowie impression, and Olivia Wilde ... looks nice. But the overall problem/quality of the film is that it's so technically awesome, but doesn't quite have the effect that it should be having (keyword being 'quite').
After seeing this in IMAX 3D, it finally came to me that 3D is not always needed to be in every film. Tron Legacy was that film that shouldn't need the 3D viewing. No doubt the visuals were incredible. Scenery and cinematography grabbed my attention. Plus, it was hard to say which chick was hot. lol. The story, however, was plain, predictable, and not surprising (character-wise), especially the ending when Jeff Bridges's character acts like God showing his ultimate power at the last minute.
Overlong. Bad writing. Super-bland young actor. Moments of laughably over-done sentiment. Others of eyerollingly clumsy exposition. If you can overlook these many flaws, it's rather enjoyable. The score is cool, yet almost criminally derivative, and the women are pretty. So are the visuals (which couldn't exactly be said for the original 'Tron'!). I appreciated the exercise of creating a young Bridges. Oh, for the record, Jeff: If I want to spend time with the Dude, I'll put on The Big Lebowski.
You've got to admire a sci-fi/fantasy that commits to being a different world, with it's own rules that make sense to the characters even if they're a bit silly to you and I. CGI Bridges is a bit ropey, but Garrett Hedlund carries the peice well enough. Likewise Olivia Wilde continues to show a real variety in her character repertoire, playing a kick-ass heroine with an almost childlike personality. The whole show is stolen, however, by Michael Sheen's outrageous Thin White Duke impression.
You know, it wasn't bad. It wasn't good, but it wasn't bad. OK, so I was a bit disappointed at how much more high-tech they made it look, the supposed lead is wooden and dull, some of the backstory could have used a little more fleshing out, and Jesus Christ (by which I mean Jeff Bridges) could they cut down on the messianic overtones just a tiny bit? But hey, it really is Tron 2. I'm already looking forward to the Rifftrax of this one.
Great special effects and action, but the rest is a drag. Trite dialogue and script, including the usual hackneyed liberal punches (ice caps melting, mean old corporations that won't give their product away, you ain't shit unless you're selfless etc.), bad guy who's bad even if it would benefit him to be good, copying other movies (Star Wars, Inception), is there a point to all this? But there is a distraction, eye candy that makes it unimportant what's going on 'cause you (or I) can't take my
The first half or so is exhilarating stuff. Light cycles on the grid were insanely cool, Daft Punk score and cameo were very well utilized and Sheen was great in a supporting role. If only that was the whole adventure. Its quite anti-climatic, young Bridges isn't quite pulled off, old Bridges is an uneven character and the relationship arc will lead to obvious jokes. There were some aspects I loved but glaring flaws and questionable leaps of logic by some characters hold this back.
Fails in every area I thought it would succeed, though not horribly so. The visual style is actually way more simplistic and boring than the original, essentially a neo-tokyo nightclub the whole way through. Daft Punk's soundtrack can be great, when they opt for it over normal Hans Zimmer-esque pounding. The tech metaphor is lost after the first 20 minutes. And chock-full of post-Matrix karate bullshit. It's still entertaining and I'm glad a risk was taken, but what a disappointment.
Disappointed that there was no final battle of epic proportions and perhaps more light cycles wouldn't have hurt. The ending was a bit of a wash and the dialogue at times super cheesy. 3D wasn't that great.
Comparing Legacy to the original would be like comparing a modern, quad-core multi-gigabyte machine with a terabyte hard drive and NVIDIA graphics (no offense to ATI fans) to the original IBM PC model 5150. Comparing it to the more recent cyberpunk fare, Legacy is certainly better than what has been coming down the wires lately. Any cyberpunk fan should see it if just for the eye candy, maybe for the story too. Tron fans will definitely want to see Legacy.
Bridges' Flynn's semi-interesting, but Hedlund's impulsive rebel? Even teens would prefer a hero who took an utterly new universe less in stride, or was less instantly capable of competing against the most graceful of opponents in a disc competition even though we've never even seen him hold a Frisbee. Insights in2 this world r just as absent: there's a night club but what r the programs on break from? If 1/10 of the time spent on CGI was spent refining IDEAS this'd be more than great eye-candy