HT Schuyler: TRON: Legacy Review

Posted: January 15, 2011 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

Rated PG for scenes of sci-fi action violence and brief language…in 3D.

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde and Bruce Boxleitner.

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski.

Before I begin I must first admit that when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I had absolutely no interest in seeing it. It just didn’t look like my type of thing. I have not seen the first TRON (1982), so I had no desire to see the second. But, after hearing positive feedback and praise for the films action, I gave in and decided to see it. Just to get it out of the way, I’ll start with the 3D. As I’ve said before, I don’t like 3D, but I decided that considering this one seemed like a perfect film to view in the third dimension, I would view it in such. The 3D does not come into play until our hero Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) enters “The Grid”, so a good 20 minutes are 2D. When the 3D finally comes into play, it looks really good. It’s exciting and intense, and the disc battles look awesome. But once the big action scene of the film (which comes way too early) is over, I barely noticed the 3D again. So, should you see it in 3D? If you really like 3D, then yes, but if your not a fan, 2D should be fine. The plot takes place about 20 years after the first film, where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has disappeared for the past two decades, and his son Sam is told by his friend Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) that he received a page from his dad’s old office. So Sam goes and investigates, and ends up being transported into “The Grid”, where we discovers his father has been in since he disappeared. “The Grid” has been taken over by a Program named CLU (played also by Bridges), and the story involves Sam, Kevin and a girl named Quorra trying to make their way to a portal that will transport them back to the real world. The acting all around (with a few exceptions) is very good. Bridges is fantastic as always, but who would suspect differently? Garrett Hedlund is an actor who I’ve been waiting for to get a lead role since his awesome performance in DEATH SENTENCE, and I’m glad he’s finally gotten to show off his acting abilities, as he is a very talented actor. The rest of the cast is good, Olivia Wilde is great, and for the time he has on screen Bruce Boxleitner is good too.

The Good:

The visual effects are stunning. They did an outstanding job creating this surreal, fantastic world that is pretty much like Narnia for sci-fi fans. The action scenes are just badass, and mixed with the 3D it makes for an incredible experience. “The Grid” itself looks amazing, looking very gritty and dark. Despite some of the action scenes being few and far between, I was never bored, and felt that the story moved along well. Besides the effects, the second best part of this movie is the music. The music was all done by Daft Punk, and every time something exciting happens, you have a kick ass techno beat playing alongside it. One of the best scenes music wise was when our hero enters a bar/club, and they play around 3 songs within the scene, each one better than the one before. So besides acting, the best parts of the this movie are the action, atmosphere, visuals and incredible soundtrack.

The Bad:

Though this movie did move at a decent pace, there was not as many actions scenes as I would have liked. After the first action scene in “The Grid”, nothing after that comes close to topping it. Also, despite the music in the bar/club scene being amazing, the action was sloppy, because I had no idea what was going on. The only character that really bugged me was the character of Zuse (Michael Sheen). It’s nothing against Sheen, I know he’s a good actor, but his character was just so annoying that I almost cheered when he left. The effects on Jeff Bridges as CLU are really well done, as they make him look 20 years younger than he actually is, but the scene at the beginning where they show a young Bridges with his young son, I have to admit he looked pretty fake. When they show him young in “The Grid”, it looks great, but just that first scene bugged me. Sometimes ridiculous things happen with little to no explanation, in particular a scene at the beginning where Sam jumps off a building, and at the last minute a parachute pops out and he glides to safety. This scene felt so out of place, and had added an extreme sense of unrealistic to the “real world”. One thing that really bugged me but wasn’t really anyones fault was when Sam first enters ‘The Grid”, he is shocked at what is happening to him, but there is never really a strong reaction, and he just sort of goes along with what’s happening and doesn’t ask questions. Other than those points, nothing else was that bad. One things that wasn’t really bad but just weird, was a cameo by Cillian Murphy near the start of the film. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see him in the film, but he’s only there for a short 5 minute scene, then he’s gone. I suppose they were setting up a villain for a possible sequel, which honestly, I would be more than happy to see.

In Conclusion: This film was not great, but it took me completely by surprise, and had me fully entertained for 125 minutes. If your a sci-fi fan I would definitely recommended it, as it is a really fun movie. There is much more good in it then bad, and it is very, very entertaining.

7/10

Comments
  1. pgcooper1939 says:

    There are things in this I totally agree with, and then there are some things I don’t. I agree with you on the music, action, and effects, they were all awesome. I disagree with Jeff Bridges though. I love Bridges, but his character felt inconsistent to me and was too similar to his performance in The Big Lebowski (which is admittedly one of my favourite films). I also am completely opposite you when it comes to Zuse. He was actually my favourite character by far. I thought he was over the top, but I a lot of fun to watch.

    I agree with you for the most part though I think you enjoyed this a tad more than I did.

  2. HT Schuyler says:

    Ya, probebly. But as you know I have not seen The Big Lebowski, so I couldn’t compair the characters. One thing I forgot to mention was how the movie felt like a video game, which I know it is suppose to, but at times it felt like I should have been playing it instead of watching it. I think I was so generous on this film because it took me by surprise, which I didn’t think it would.

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