Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tron Legacy - Movie Review

lll in IMAX/3D

ll1/2 otherwise

Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Cillian Murphy.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

Overall I liked my experience. I've seen IMAX movies before and 3D movies before, but I've never seen an IMAX 3D movie before, and visually this was a pretty decent movie to see in such a format. We had our previews (yes, if money wasn't an issue, I'd be curious to see Born to Be Wild in IMAX/3D) and finally settled in for the movie.

Kevin Flynn, hero of the 1982 Tron, has disappeared in 1989, leaving behind a young son Sam. Sam Flynn is now 27, primary shareholder in his father's company Encom, but he's too busy riding fast motorcycles and stealing his own company's software to make much of a difference. Suffice to say, the plot mechanics fall into place to get Sam into the Grid, the digital world where programs are forced to fight to the death, just like his dad did all those years ago.

Sam eventually finds Kevin, and that's when we learn that the tyrant here is Clu, a program Kevin Flynn wrote himself. Since programs look like the users who write them, Clu looks like a young Jeff Bridges. Sad to say the digital recreation here isn't as effective as say, the youthfied Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button. Clu looked no more real than any character Jim Carrey ran into in Christmas Carol 3D.

There are two highlights to the film. The visuals are impressive. The action sequences are thrilling. The other highlight is Michael Sheen as David Bowie in A Clockwork Orange, a huckster program named Castor who can get anyone anything they need. I did also like Olivia Wilde as Quorra, an apprentice program of Kevin's.

There are several plot holes and logic jumps the movie makes, particularly toward the end. It's as though one screenwriter had it in his head what the answers are, but then the script got handed off to someone else who had no idea what the answers were and figured someone else might explain it later.

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