Saturday, 30 April 2011

DVD Review: Tron: Legacy

Rating: 6.5/10 - Good

Walt Disney’s sci-fi epic movie Tron: Legacy will take you into a digital game world where you find yourself being drawn into all the action and sitting on the edge of your seat. It is full of action and adventure using a brilliant graphics and special effects to transport you into another world.

Director: Joseph Kosinski. Screenplay: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Producers: Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver and Steven Lisberger. Cinematographer: Claudio Miranda. Score: Daft Punk. Editor: James Haygood. Studio: Walt Disney Pictures. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, James Frain and Beau Garrett Running time: 125 minutes Age Restriction: 13V

Tron: Legacy is the sequel to Tron, where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) was a young software designer. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is the grown up son of Kevin Flynn, the CEO of ENCOM International. Sam’s father disappeared when he was very young, it is now twenty years later and Sam has no idea whether his father is dead or living on an island somewhere.

After playing a practical joke on ENCOM Sam is visited by one of his father’s colleagues, Allen. Allen urges Sam to investigate a mysterious page he got from his father’s old arcade. Sam goes to the old arcade and through shuffling around finds a hidden room; he enters the room and fiddles around with an old computer. He is then unintentionally transported to the Grid, a virtual world.

Sam is captured and has no idea what is going on. He goes along with what all the ‘programs’ are doing to him and finds himself in the middle of a gladiator style game where he is put against another ‘program’. He fights against the ‘program’ and manages to survive however they notice that he is not a ‘program’ but rather a ‘user’. He is taken to the leader, CLU, who is a clone gone wrong of Sam’s father, Kevin Flynn.

Sam is put to fight against CLU. This scene has a great deal of action going on and ends off with Sam getting rescued by Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and is taken to a hideout off the grid. This is where Sam’s father is hiding out, they are then reunited. Sam learns where his father has been for twenty years and why he never returned.
Sam wants to free his father from the Grid. He heads off to fight CLU, and is then followed by his father and Quorra. The three of them join a battle against the ‘programs’ to escape off the Grid.

This film lacks something and I’m not sure what it is. The graphics and special effects really are amazing and have you transfixed to the screen to see what is going to happen next. I imagine watching it in 3D must be quite something; unfortunately I only watched it on DVD. I feel that the graphics may have disguised a bit of a poor script. However, there is more action than spoken words in the film, so the script may not mean that much.

Verdict: If you haven’t seen it yet, then I advise you to go get it on DVD. It may not be for everyone, as it is quite involved and may not interest people who are not interested in computers and games. Although, I’m not interested in computers and games but still enjoyed it. If you aren’t interested in the movie then you may be interested in the eye candy, Garrett Hedlund for the ladies and Olivia Wilde for the gents.

Tron: Legacy is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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