Directed by JOSEPH KOSINSKI
Starring JEFF BRIDGES, GARRETT HEDLUND, OLIVIA WILDE,
BEAU GARRETT, BRUCE BOXLEITNER, and MICHAEL SHEEN
With all the mixed reviews that 'Tron' has received, I have not been excited to see it. That said, I liked it. I'm not sure if I was pleasantly surprised because my expectations were low or if it was actually a decent film.
Tron: Legacy started out strong. The only major drawback in the film was Jeff Bridges' cgi makeup reversion. Instead of using regular theatrical makeup, they used CGI to make him a younger version of himself, which frankly looked like contrived crap.
Two highlights of the film were the non-Jeff Bridges' visual effects and the music. The visual effects were stunning and a definite reminder that we are not in 1982 anymore. The music was equally stunning. It was a wonderful mixture of sci-fi classical and electronic/trance. A truly beautiful sci-fi combo. I read somewhere that the composer, Daft Punk, used Hans Zimmer as an inspiration--very good choice.
Scene stealer - Although her screen time was minimal, Beau Garrett, who plays Gem, stole every scene that she was in. I thought that her acting was fantastic. Being that she had very few lines, she had to act more so with her eyes and body language. No doubt this movie will get her more attention in film. Olivia Wilde was good, but Beau Garrett was the "it" girl of this film.
Moving on, twenty years later, Sam is now the main shareholder of the company. He's immature and adventurous, perfect combination. Bruce Boxleitner (the awesome and original "Tron") asks Sam to investigate a mysterious page sent from his father's old arcade. Whilst exploring the arcade, Sam discovers a concealed computer laboratory and is accidentally transported to the Tron Grid. Sam is immediately captured and taken to the game arena where he endures the games. This portion of the film is very well done and I greatly enjoyed it. Sam is eventually pitted against the game's Champion, Rinzler. Upon noticing that Sam is not a program, but flesh and blood (a user), Rinzler takes him before Clu. Clu is a digital copy of Kevin and the current ruler of the Grid. Clu attempts to kills Sam in the games via light cycle before Quorra (Olivia Wilde) rescues him.
Quorra takes him to an off-grid location and reunites him with the real Kevin Flynn. Kevin explains what's been going on for the past 20 years: how Clu took over, the terrible things Clu's done, and what he's planning next, etc. This is where the movie starts to lull. The action dies down at this point until Sam goes back to the Grid to get to the portal, which is quickly closing.
Sam goes on to meet two interesting characters, Zeus/Castor played by Michael Sheen and Gem played by Beau Grant. He continues on his quest, joined later by Quorra, and his father. Tron, the namesake, makes an appearance as well. You'll have to watch to find out where and how. What follows is a slow-paced adventure that leads to a predictable conclusion. As I said, Tron: Legacy starts out well, but finishes somewhat sloppily.
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS