When’s it out?
Who’s in it?
Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner.
What’s it about?
Twenty years after his father’s mysterious disappearance, Kevin Flynn’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is urged by an old family friend to investigate a mysterious message that has been recently broadcast from Flynn Snr’s dusty old videogame arcade. After discovering a concealed computer laboratory there, Sam is accidentally sucked into the virtual computer world known only as the ‘Grid’.
What’s it like?
Star of the show?
It’s the special effects without any shadow of a doubt. The fact that Tron: Legacy was nominated for one solitary Academy Award this year – in the category of Sound Editing – is comprehensive proof that there’s no justice in this world. It isn’t just that the effects are state-of-the-art and consistently eye-popping, it’s that they’re so well realised and so faultlessly implemented that you end up getting sucked into its vivid world to a frankly mind-boggling degree. There are no glitchy moments that look a bit half-baked, there is no dud CGI… the whole thing is a masterpiece of perpetual visual coherence. With that said, the CGI Jeff Bridges looks far, far more unsettling than he probably should do.
Despite the odd snippet of barely-comprehensible socialist idiom or impenetrable computer jargon, Tron: Legacy is not only a surprisingly comprehensible film, it’s also one that has genuine personality to it. It may be cut from that classic LOTR/Star Wars/Matrix cloth – charting the progress of the little guy as he tries to destroy a corrupt and oppressive regime of some description – but it’s never nervous about going off on some very unusual visual and narrative tangents. If you want evidence, just check out the brawl in the nightclub; the action is interspersed with footage of Michael Sheen pulling off a series of uber-camp Broadway dance moves for absolutely no reason. It’s arcane and amusing to be sure, but it also somehow just fits in with everything else.
Although the Daft Punk soundtrack was regarded as a disappointment when some fans received it as the duo’s latest album rather than a movie soundtrack, it works spine-tingling wonders in the context of the film. All of the lead performances are excellent, with Jeff Bridges – who appears in the same dual ying/yang role as he did in the original – being a predictable standout. But the very first light cycle sequence is the kind of audio-visual extravaganza that’s capable of making even the most financially sensible human being immediately rush out to invest in an expensive new Blu-Ray player and home cinema set-up.
Some may argue that Inception already took the cake last year but for us, Tron: Legacy makes for the hands-down best looking (and sounding) Blu-Ray experience currently available. The film may have a bit of a flabby mid-section and may not make a whole lot of sense overall, but it’s thoroughly entertaining for the vast majority of its running time, and the action scenes (in particular) are expertly crafted and tub-thumpingly exciting. Tron: Legacy is also a refreshingly unusual film, and definitely not just one for the fanatical devotees of the first film.
Hit or miss?
Hit. And if you’re lifelong a fan of the original, surely one of the best films of 2010.
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