Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Tron Legacy: Movie Review

I saw Tron: Legacy in 3D at the IMAX the other day.  Here is my review for the movie:

Tron Legacy picks up the story a few years after the end of the first movie.  We see the progress that Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has made in the company, and are given a sense that he has become obsessed with the digital world into which he entered in the original Tron (1982).  Kevin Flynn suddenly disappears one night, leaving behind a son and heir to his empire, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund).  Sam grows into a rebel, but one who retains a social conscience.  One day, he stumbles upon a golden opportunity to find out what really happened to his father, and there the story really kicks off.

Tron Legacy 3d is a visual feast, and a vast improvement on the original on many levels.  The visuals are better, the story is better and the music (by Daft Punk) is much better.  The animation of the young Jeff Bridge's face to play his digital alter ego, Clu, is not as good as I'd hoped it would be, but it definitely works in the picture.  Sections of this movie gave me goose bumps; the combination of fantastic mood-setting music, cutting edge visual effects, fantastic costume design/animation and a solid script all blended into what was certainly one of my most enjoyable Cinema outings in recent times.  I give Tron: Legacy an 8 out of 10.

While you will appreciate the drama and significance of certain events better if you see Tron (1982), this is not compulsory for the enjoyment of Tron: Legacy.  If you have the opportunity to see the original Tron first, do so - just remember to set your mind to 80's mode and forgive the dated elements.  If not, don't let that stop you.  This is a must-see for fans of science fiction everywhere.

Tron: Legacy (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [+Digital Booklet]
Tron Legacy
Tron: Legacy (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

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