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Tron Legacy Review PDF Print E-mail
04 01 2011

Image Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garret Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

Nearly thirty years ago a film named ‘Tron' was released in cinemas. Whilst it wasn't the most glamorous film to look at, it was certainly a technologically groundbreaking one as ‘Tron' was one of the first films to integrate Computer Generated Imagery into cinema in general, never mind the fact that the film's plot hung on the notion of a completely digitized world. Whilst ‘Tron' wasn't exactly a blockbuster, it gained a huge cult following and so 28 years later, we have the fabulous eye-candy that is ‘Tron: Legacy'.

‘Legacy' takes advantage of the fact that it is not an annual mindless sequel of today's standards, by incorporating its real-time hiatus from the big screen into its plot by introducing us to the son of the original film's main character and the impact that his father's relationship (or lack of) has had on his own life choices.

Set years after the events of the original ‘Tron', the rightfully reassigned CEO of computer software giant, ENCOM Kevin Flynn (Bridges) disappears, leaving his son; Sam (Hedlund) parentless. Twenty years later, Sam, leading an absent life due to the looming effects of his father's disappearance is intrigued to hear news of a possible re-emergence. After investigating, Sam is accidentally ‘digitized' into the computer realm wherein he aids in protecting the world from an evil program in the image of Kevin Flynn, whilst also having to deal with finally finding his father.

 

With the film being set thirty years in the future from the last, there is an astounding amount of mythology that can be created in the fictional computer world ‘The Grid' such as the manifestation of life, wars and new world orders. So it seems so poignant that ‘Tron' manages to uphold the detailing of such mythology whilst also successfully presenting foremost a personal story between a father and son. And who better to write such a narrative other than two writers from television's ‘Lost' which is soaked in intense daddy issues?

 

The family themes demonstrated throughout the film also reflect directly with the ongoing war between the world's creator and his second in command with whom he placed the responsibility of creating the perfect world. As Flynn and CLU (both Bridges) continue their conflict, several allusions to making the perfect world and relationships are made, on top of the fact that Flynn admits that he and CLU are both the same in-mind, as he was created in his image, before revealing that perfection cannot exist, even though it is always there in front of us. Ironically, the same can be said for ‘Tron: Legacy' in that it is in no way a perfect film.

 

Whilst the themes and ideologies of the narrative are given a strong push and succeed, the actual plot itself is somewhat lacklustre and not entirely convincing. That said, the film is more than watchable due to its incredibly life-like effects and numerous blood-pumping action sequences, all accompanied by one of the best scores of the decade from techno duo, Daft Punk.

 

One of the most inspiring and attracting aspects of ‘Tron: Legacy' is its compilation of an unbelievable collaborative effort in its makers and acting talent. In taking a world filled with so much possibility and applying a narrative that is easily identifiable from acclaimed drama writers, to the electronic and orchestral, touching musical talents; incredibly fitting for the context of the plot, to the debut director with skills galore under his belt on CGI Medias, the collaborations create a successful and fluid feel through the film. And lest we not forget that the acting is certainly on and above par with the talents of Oscar winning Jeff Bridges returning to his role who bounces without difficulty off relative underdog Garret Hedlund and the ditzy, wide-eyed Olivia Wilde in a character that effortlessly allows us to believe in a naïve ‘program' who relates to the two leads with her simplicity and eagerness.

 

In a film essentially about perfection, that is compiled of a lot of people's first efforts; debut film direction, television to film writers and first time mainstream film composers, ‘Legacy' manages to achieve a two-hour thrill-ride that feels effortlessly cool and startling on the eyes. Whilst we could sit around pointing out the imperfections, we have to realize that imperfection is often perfection. I know that I for one am not going to be as electrified watching a blockbuster like this again for a while.

 

Rating: 8/10

UK Release Date: 17th December 2010

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