Friday, December 17, 2010

Movie Review: Tron Legacy

Well since this blog has become defunct for so long and I thought about you know, writing something, I thought I might start doing my movie reviews again starting with the movie I just recently watched: "Tron: Legacy"

Name: "Tron:Legacy"

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Jeff Bridges
Garrett Hedlund
Bruce Boxleitner
Olivia Wilde
Michael Sheen

Tron: Legacy is a sequel to the old Disney movie, aptly named "Tron". Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn, the main protagonist of the original. This time, it's the story of his son, Sam Flynn, portrayed by actor Garrett Hedlund.

The story starts off with a young Sam Flynn listening to stories about adventures in "The Grid" and a young Kevin Flynn rushing off to work after he finished telling the story. After that faithful night, Kevin Flynn goes missing and its all over the news leaving his company ENCOM, at the mercy of the board of directors, whose aim is earn more money then to benefit mankind.

Short synopsis (Mini spoilers):
One day, Kevin Flynn's best friend, Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), receives a message on his pager from Kevin and he proceeds to tell Sam about the news. Sam initially refuses to respond to the message and claims that his father is dead. In the end, out of curiosity, he goes back to his father's old office and by chance, stumbles on his father's underground office which seemes to be vacant for a very long time. He accidentally activates the laser that sends him into "The Grid" and that is when Sam's adventure begins.

Overall, the film doesn't impress much, the story is bland, though the graphics are good. 3D doesn't really make the movie anymore special and there are some scenes that were filmed in 2D rather than in 3D which kind of is a bummer seeing as I went in to watch a full 3D film and I got some 2D scenes instead. The dark setting does not work well with the colorful lights in the movie and cannot appropriately translate the beautiful visuals of Tron Legacy into 3D magic. The battles aren't really that impressive at all with really simple choreography and reliance on the blue and orange lights to make them look flashy. On the upside, I like the character Quorra (Olivia Wilde) because she is so innocent in the movie and really cute. Jeff Birdges also gives a strong performance in the film and his acting is probably the only thing that really saved this movie.

Well, I'd probably ask you to watch the old Tron instead of the new 1 since it has more novelty value in it. But people will probably still flock the cinemas and still go gaga for the movie. It's a movie that doesn't give much food for thought.

In conclusion, Tron: Legacy is still a watchable movie, but if you're expecting something magnificent or thoughtful, well, look elsewhere, because, this is definitely not a movie of the year candidate

Overall Score: 4/10