Tron: Legacy 3-D
“Man, I’m all over this!”
Tron: Legacy is one of those movies that you can’t judge by it’s Preview – but if you do, you’ll get something you never expected – unless you typically have dramatically high expectations. It has the critics raving, the audience dazzled, and it’s box office sales thoroughly secured. Afterall, this is by Walt Disney Pictures.
As for the story – Tron: Legacy is the sequel to Tron (1982), which I had not heard of before now (whoops!). The movie starts off with it’s focus on Kevin Flynn, a brilliant engineer and CEO of ENCOM International, a company which, since his disappearance, has strayed from it’s founding principals. The events prior to his absence play out before the movie-watching audience, taking a look at his family life and near-obsession with a project called The Grid – the new frontier, in a digital sense.
Kevin leaves behind a son, Sam Flynn, to whom he told stories of The Grid and had, of which, promised him a trip there the day before his disappearance. With a mysterious atmosphere well established, we find Sam, a troubled boy with neither mother nor father – for his mother had died a time long ago, seeking out a life for himself, while fighting mixed emotions about his father. The movie portrays his development from the point where his father disappears, showing him left behind with his grandparents, then making the decision to seek out his father, going out on his bike into the rain – this transitions to Sam Flynn 20-years later, this time on a motorcycle, speeding down a highway in a sort of Tony Stark fashion. He, at once, gains a bad-boy – vigilante perception, evading the police, infiltrating his father’s company (which has since fallen from it’s founding principals, charging for their software, instead of providing it for free), and stealing their latest software which he proceeds to upload to the internet for all to have.
When he arrives home, Sam discovers ENCOM executive Alan Bradley already there, whom he promptly ignores until grabbing a drink – both for him and his guest. Mr. Bradley, who has already learned of Sam’s night’s activities, tells him he has received a page from his father’s old office – an office which has remained abandoned for years. Sam takes up, though at first hesitant, this new opportunity to find his father. At his father’s arcade, he finds a hidden passage behind an old Tron game, leading him to his father’s hidden workshop where he developed The Grid. After tinkering around with his father’s computer, and finally solving the program, Sam finds himself zapped into the world of The Grid. Here he must fight for his life against Clu, his father’s clone, who has established a sort of tyrannical leadership over the world – in response to his initial programming of creating a perfect world. Accompanied by Quorra, an apparent female “program” loyal to his father, can Sam find his father, stop Clu, and get back home in time?
Tron: Legacy is filled action-packed with thrilling suspense, a few psychological complexities, human emotion, and an inevitable and complementary touch of romance. While the movie may not explore the depths of the human heart so as to touch it’s audience, and instead focuses a great deal on breath-taking special effects, and beautiful graphics, it is certainly a wonderfully crafted film. If more time were spent focusing on the storyline, a much greater movie would have been the result. It is a thriller that will appeal to action-movie lovers, and to other general movie-watchers. It is fitting for ages around 10+ (for which Common Sense stipulates as well).
As for it’s 3-D aspect, unlike some critics and reviewers, I must insist that it should very well be seen in 3-D. It brings out the graphics tremendously and heightens the entire movie-watching experience. The effects are not too distracting, and rather compliment everything within the film, though if you’ve had bad experiences 3-D, you may wish to stick with 2-D.
If you liked this movie, be sure to check out…
In order of relevance, recommendation, and other factors…
National Treasure III (Christmas 2011)
Adventure Writer Favorite: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [In Theaters]
How to Train Your Dragon II [Summer 2013]
Disney’s A Christmas Carol [Available on DVD]
Despicable Me [Available on DVD]
Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [May 27, 2011]
Kung-Fu Panda [Available on DVD]
How to Train Your Dragon [Available on DVD]
Iron Man II [Available on DVD]
Iron Man III [May 3rd, 2013]
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World [August 19, 2011]
Captain America: The First Avenger [July 22nd, 2011]
Green Lantern [June 17th 2011]
Sherlock Holmes II [December 16th, 2011]
Ice Age: Continental Drift [July 13th, 2012]
From Wikipedia: Movie Release Dates.
Posted on 12/25/2010, in All-Things-Reviews, Movie Reviews, Technology, Uncategorized and tagged 2010, 3-D, 3D, Adam Horowitz, Adventure Writer, Alan Bradley, Animation, Australia, Bonnie MacBird, Box office, Brian Klugman, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudio Miranda, Daft Punk, December 16, December 17, DVD, Edward Kitsis, Encom, ENCOM International, Film, Garrett Hedlund, Iron Man, Iron Man III, James Frain, Jeff Bridges, Jeffrey Silver, Joseph Kosinski, Lee Sternthal, LivePlanet, Michael Sheen, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Olivia Wilde, Sean Bailey, Sequel, Steven Lisberger, The Grid, The Walt Disney Company, Tony Stark, TRON, Tron: Legacy, United States, Walt Disney Pictures. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.