- An understandable blockbuster but misses out greatly on what could have been.
Tron: Legacy is a futuristic 3D movie of a stunning digital world, visually incomparable to any other film of the same genre. As the title reveals, it is a continuation of the 1982 version of Tron which also stars Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn. The story revolves around Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), who is haunted by his father’s mysterious disappearance 21 years ago, back when Kevin was still the CEO of ENCOM International. Sam’s search for his father sent him back to his father’s office at the old Flynn’s Arcade. There, Sam discovered a secret room which led him to the basement of the building and after investigating the room and checking his father’s old computer; a digitizing machine was accidentally activated which sends him automatically inside the Grid, a program his father created. Inside that program, Sam discovers an awe inspiring yet dangerous new world led by Clu (a digital clone of the younger Kevin Flynn), who has a perverted view of the perfect world.
- Admittedly, Tron: Legacy is a benchmark for revolutionary concepts in cinematography. Every moment inside the Grid (and off Grid) was a ground-breaking design masterpiece. From the landscape to the weapons to the suits to the transportations, everything was dramatically minimalistic but comes with the greatest of impact upon the audience.
Good shots and concepts, the camera angles were also captivating and inspired. Director Joseph Kosinski really knows how to milk the most out of a fight sequence as well as the bike sequence. The directing was spot on but the same could not be said with the acting and the story.
- Bridges with his seasoned performance was the only thing that resembled any sort of quality acting in this film. Heck, even in CG he still can manage to affect people. The other protagonists in the story, Hedlund and Wilde (Quorra), weren’t quite at par with Bridges in the acting department. Both of them seem to act without any sense of urgency and charisma. Their lackluster performance is merely a distraction from the revolutionary cinematography to which the movie’s existence relies heavily on.
The film is surprisingly unfunny since it is supposed to target the younger audience. The characters fall short to deliver any sort of comic relief which was supposed to balance out the heavy and dark aura of the flick. One can’t help but focus only on the impressive digital artistry before them to make up for the flat story and the bland acting.
- On the other hand, the sound track is brilliant. Daft Punk seems to be the perfect fit for this movie and had made an underrated yet significant contribution on the film’s success.
Tron: Legacy may exceed in the visual level but is lacking in certain areas. A sequel for this is necessary to justify its existence (hopefully with a better plot and with better acting involved). This movie had the potential to be the best science fiction movie of the decade; if only it had been better in certain aspects. Even so, it is still a movie that I would recommend people to see inside the theatre; preferably in 3D.