My Tron Legacy "review" *SPOLIERS* 5 replies

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SuperSmeg

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#1 8 years ago

To be honest, it's not really a review as I am not a professional film reviewer. It's not really going to be a long review. More like a brief footnote. It's just my interpretation of Tron Legacy. Thar be spoilers! You've been warned. ;)

STORY:

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First off, let me just say that if you are planning to see this film in 3D, make sure it is in an IMAX theater as Disney Digital 3D is not worth it in a standard theater with a 3D screen. It might have just be a problem with the projectors at my local Odeon (nearest IMAX is 2 hours away, in London, by train), but you do not notice the 3D until the 2nd act of the film after hearing Quorra's (Olivia Wilde) story about how Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) saved her after Clu2 (only refered to as Clu) purged the Grid of Isos (computer genetic species). Tron (the character) starts off with a brief cameo during a backstory about how he was brought into V2 of the Grid. This is the only scene where you see a young CGI version of Alan (Bruce Boxleitner). During this backstory, you see how Tron, Clu and Kevin Flynn start to create V2 of the Grid, with Clu seeing the Iso's as a sort of "virus", leading to him commiting genocide against them as they would have been the next step of program.

Tron stays behind to fend off the corrupted Clu so that Kevin Flynn can make his escape. This leads to Clu corrupting Tron, and becoming a part of his army. After this, Tron's face is hidden for the rest of the film in a bikers helmet.

The movie starts off with Sam Flynn crippling Encom (the Microsoft of the Tron-verse) with a way to make their OS free (as in a free download). As seen in the trailers, Sam is living in a storage crate/converted 1 level house (furnished of course). Now, Sam is the lead shareholder in Encom so he isn't exactly without funds. He just doesn't feel like running a company or living normally in a basic house. This changes at the end of the film.

Skip ahead to Sam entering the Grid after being told by Alan that a page was recived from Kevin Flynn's old arcade office (Clu somehow sent it as a way to get Sam onto the Grid, leading to Kevin Flynn to ultimately come out of hiding). And no, there is no cool digitizing scene of Sam entering the Grid like in the original movie was Kevin first enters it.

Sam is mistaken for a program and subjected to gladiator-type disc games until he makes his escape, being brought to Clu for the first time, and then subjected to a light cycle battle. Quorra rescues Sam, they go to Kevin Flynn, Sam is told by Quorra to find someone named Zuse, who is legendary for "getting anyone, anywhere", but who is secretly working for Clu. Quorra and Kevin Flynn show up to help Sam as Quorra didn't know that Zuse was working for Clu. Kevin Flynn's identity disc holds the key that would allow Clu to leave the Grid and exit to the real world (I presume, as Clu and all the other programs are basically sentient, that he found a way to do so, but it isn't explained very well). Tron, now working for Clu, manages to steal Kevin Flynn's ID disc right when Kevin Flynn, Sam Flynn and Quorra are making their escape, Quorra having been injured (partially derezzed) by losing her left arm.

Clu kills Zuse and makes his way to his base in the City (doesn't have a name) where his army of corrupted programs are waiting.

Sam, Quorra and Kevin catch a ride on a "light train (I don't know the proper name for this vehicle, but it looks like a train with a big a$$ fan on the front)" that they think will lead them to the Portal (the way off the Grid and into the real world). Here, is where it is discovered by Sam that Quorra is the last remaining Iso while she is being repaired by Kevin Flynn. Sam explains to Kevin what he has missed during his 20 years in the Grid. The light Train is later revealed to be a program containment transport, which is how Clu got his army of programs before hand and corruped them. Quorra distracts Tron, who is waiting for them, so that Sam and Kevin Flynn can plan a way to get Kevin's ID disc back, during which time Clu is making his world domination speech.

Sam retrieves Kevin's ID disc, rescuing Quorra from Tron in the process. They meet up with Kevin by a light jet and are then persued by Clu, Tron and a few random corrupted programs.

Tron remembers the way he started out during the construction of V2 of the Grid and turns good, sacrificing himself in an attempt to stop Clu. This is succesful until Clu is able to remake another light jet after the one Tron had destroyed before hand. Tron drowns in simulated water, but before his merky death fade out, you see his circuitry suit turn back from orange to blue, telling you that he died a good program.

Close to the Portal now, it is shown that Clu beat them there, but he still has to get the ID disc back from Kevin Flynn if he wants to be succesful in his plan of, you guessed it, taking over the world (a bit of Nostalgia Critic humour for the fans out there, lol).

The final fight between Clu and Kevin Flynn. It's not really a fight, more of a bit of taunting to distract Clu while Quorra makes sure that Sam gets to the Portal. They do, along with Kevin's ID disc swapped out for Quorra's one. Clu discovers this and jumps over the sperated bridge, leaving Kevin Flynn stranded, as planned by him, on the wrong side. Clu is about to make one last effort to leave the Grid, when Kevin Flynn does something (not sure what exactly), stopping Clu, and pulling him back, and reconstitued into Kevin Flynn, causing Kevin's suspected death as a way for Sam and Quorra to escape. When this happens, the City on the Grid, is wiped clean, leaving only the physical desolate Grid. I assume, this leaves the Grid open to fan speculation as to whether Kevin Flynn is still alive in some way, shape or form, as it is just the City that is destroyed, but not the whole Grid world.

Cut to the real world, Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) is hanging around Kevin Flynn's old arcade. Sam Flynn is seen shutting everything off, telling Alan that "he was right about everything". Quorra is outside the arcade, waiting for Sam. They ride off on Sam's motorcycle during the morning hours, allowing Quorra to see the sunrise for the first time in her life.

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MY RATING:

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4/10 from a consumer point of view. The 3D wasn't worth paying out extra for as you only see it during the 2nd act of the film. 2D is probably just as good so you may feel cheated unless you see it at an IMAX. It does not beat Avatar in terms of 3D.

8/10 from a fan point of view. You don't need to have seen the first movie to get this as there is enough provded backstory here, but it helps. The visuals were stunning. The Daft Punk soundtrack really fits. The story starts off well, but then devolves into a basic "stop the bad guy from taking over the world" deal, which made me feel like I was watching The Matrix again as in that, Agent Smith want's to find a way to enter the real world in order to conquer it. Tron Legacy kept up a good pace, then slowed down for the various backstories in the middle, before picking up again for the end.

So thats how I see Tron Legacy. If you read the spoiler and had the movie ruined for yourself, then you shouldn't have read the spoiler in the first place, lol.




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#2 8 years ago

I enjoyed it. I get what you say about the 3D not kicking in until a good chunk into the film, but wasn't it not until he got 'on the grid'. I don't think that's really a spoiler so I won't waste my time with those tags, but I'm pretty sure the 3D starts to kick in once he's inside the computer stuff. In any case, 3D is lame.

To quote Kenny Powers: "3D's gay. Nobody wants to sit on a couch, wearing glasses, popping bubbles out of the air like some sort of fucked up Ray Charles."




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#3 8 years ago

Octovon;5441977I enjoyed it. I get what you say about the 3D not kicking in until a good chunk into the film, but wasn't it not until he got 'on the grid'. I don't think that's really a spoiler so I won't waste my time with those tags, but I'm pretty sure the 3D starts to kick in once he's inside the computer stuff. In any case, 3D is lame.

To quote Kenny Powers: "3D's gay. Nobody wants to sit on a couch, wearing glasses, popping bubbles out of the air like some sort of fucked up Ray Charles."

The 3D starts when he gets on the Grid, but it doesn't really "wow" you until Clu's speech to his army of repurposed programs. I don't know about you, but I never want to see the back of CGI Young Jeff Bridges head in 3D again, lol. :lulz:

Like I said, 2D is just as good as you don't really notice the difference.

I enjoyed the movie for what it was. Sure, it was never going to be an award winner, but for a sequel, it's not bad.

You should see the haters flooding the IMDB page for it, and comparing it to "Avatar" and "The Expendables", which is f*cked up since Tron Legacy and those 2 films are entirely different, HAHA! :rofl:




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#4 8 years ago

I loved the movie. I saw it in 3d cause that was the only option for the midnight premier at my theater. But it wouldn't have made much of a difference.

The movie its self was fantastic, imo. The story was kinda simple, but still great fun. The action was fantastic, and the cg was simply orgasmic. Plus, Olivia Wilde was totally babetastic as Quorra

Basically, if you haven't seen it yet, go see it right now.




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#5 8 years ago

THE DAFT PUNK SOUNDTRACK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please take my vote for BEST original score at the Academy Awards!!!!!

I agree with everyone overall, but without this score this movie would've fallen flat. And I saw it at midnight on IMAX 3D, it was stunning. But the 10,000 watts of Dolby Digital is what MAKES the film. You watch this thing, and your head is literally bobbing during some scenes...This is hands down the best score for any film this year, EVEN better than Randy Neuman for TS3 or Hans for Inception!




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