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Tron Legacy Film Review

Greeting Programs, It’s been 28 years since Tron was realized, this little film was the first to use CGI. It was a flop at the cinema, but grow into a cult classic, in Video sales and later DVD. Fast forward 26 years, and Disney decided to make the long awaited sequel to this classic. But they are unsure, if the fan base is still there. So they commission a test to be made. This is done for two reason. 1st to see what the film will look like and 2nd, see if the fans are still there.
The Test was shown at the 2008 Comic-con.

Needless to say everyone went nuts over it. The Title of the film was simply Tr2n, the trailer was not realised on the net however some people had recorded it on there phones, so really bad copies started to appear on youtube. Even though these copy where bad they where getting high hits.

This was the sign Disney was looking for. Fast forward a year and it announce at Comic Con that the sequel to Tron has been green lit and gone onto production. The test Trailer is shown again but this time the title has been Changed form Tr2n to Tron Legacy. Once again the test Trailer is well received. The Disney Marketing department goes into full swing. The film really starts to get hyped up.

Fast forward to December 2010, and the film is realised. In it opening weekend it does really well in the States, but not as close as AVATAR, but better than most films realised at this time of year.

So what it Tron Legacy about?
Well it been 20 years since Kevin Flynn, the CEO of ENCOM has gone missing. (The main Character form the first film.) He has left his son, Sam behind who was also the last to see him. Sam his the biggest shareholder of ENCOM with 51% of the share, so the company basically belongs to him, though he wants nothing to do with the Company expect to mess with them once a year, by realising their latest OS onto the net for free.

Allen Bradley who was Kevin best friend is a member of the board but has little power.
He get a Page from Kevin old Arcade (Flynn’s place in Tron.) He goes and see Sam and informs him of the page. Telling him that the number has been disconnected for 20 years. Sam’s not really that interested as he doubts his dad is still alive, but heads down to the old Arcade, he comes across Flynn highest selling game of all time Tron.
Hidden behind the game is a passage leading down to a secret computer lab. The place is covered in dust as no one has been there in years.
Sam find Flynn’s old terminal, as he bring up the last command that was entered into it, he activates the laser taking him to the Grid. From that point the film is a rollercoaster of a ride.

Tron Legacy is a visual stunning film; the Disk Battles in the Games has been taken to a whole new level from the original film. While the lightcycle battle are just stunning, going on multiple levels and even upside down.
The classic vehicles have been updated, form the lightcyle to the solasail, new vehicles have been added form the Lightbuggy to lightjets and they all look stunning.

The film was not filmed in black and white and hand coloured like the original but filmed in a blue tint and it really suits the film well. All the classic element form Tron are back, really bring the grid back to life. Jeff Brides is excellent as Kevin Flynn and the evil younger looking Bridges, Clu. Garrett Hedlund is okay as Sam, and he does the roll justices.
There are some flows to the film but they are easy over looked.

But the final battle is not what you expect to see. The ending is not all happy ever after that one would expect from Disney to do. But it makes the ending all the better.
Tron Legacy pass homage to the original film with a few nice little nodes to it.
Is Tron Legacy a worthy sequel? In one word YES.
Do you have see the original film before seeing this? No this film can stand on it own, but I highly recommend that you do see this. It was a head of it time in 1982 and coined a few things we use today like USERS.

I doubt this is the last we have seen of Tron and given the success the film had so far, there’s no doubt we well see another sequel as the door was left open.

So it you’re a Tron fan I highly recommend you see this and if you’re not but like a good sci-fi film then I recommends that you still go and see this.

Until the next time I’ll you on the Grid!

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8 responses

  1. I read that it didn’t do as well as predicted here in the US (short by a few million dollars of projections) and Disney is hoping for strong numbers overseas to break even. But that’s what happens when you spend $170 on a movie and an additional $100 on its release. I know Disney was probably hoping this movie would be the turnaround they’ve been looking for but I’m not sure that will necessarily be the case (time will tell.) But then, nothing opened strongly over this past weekend and Tron Legacy did take the #1 slot here in the US.

    20/12/2010 at 17:57

  2. Yeah it short but, with the exception of AVATAR, it’s had the best openning weekend for this time of year.

    I don’t know what the weather is like in the US, but in the UK and most of Europe, we are going though a big Frezze. (Though this is normal for mainland Europe. The UK has not had weather like this since the 70’s.)
    Most roads are closed and other transports are in the shitter. So not to meany people are heading out to do their Xmas shopping let along go to the cinema, yet the film in Number 1 here as well.

    I think becasue of the weather the film will be a slow burnner at the cinema. But out of everyone that I have spoken to, who have manged to see the film, they all loved it for different reason.

    One thing for sure, this has gone on my Blu-ray to get list.
    I just hope the do a box set with the orignal. 🙂

    20/12/2010 at 21:42

    • What the weather is like in the US? Depends where you are. We have everything from hot and humid most of the year, to desserts, to mostly cold and everything in between. We even have tropical, though you do have to go off of the mainland to get that. 😉 Where I live, it’s cold and snowy right now, but I was looking at the numbers on Yahoo movies, which was summing up how all of the movies that opened this past weekend did.

      As a whole, attendance was down, but we are getting ready for Christmas, more people were shopping than seeing movies. In fact, Disney is hoping that Christmas weekend will bring in more of a crowd than this past weekend did.

      I heard Tron Legacy got blasted by the critics but then film critics and I rarely see eye-to-eye, so I might have to check this one out once it hits DVD. I didn’t watch the entire original film because I really didn’t like it but since you say you didn’t have to see the 1st one to get the 2nd one, I might check it out.

      21/12/2010 at 05:57

  3. I hate film critics, there is only one That I see eye to eye with. That because he tells it like it is.

    21/12/2010 at 06:36

  4. Film critics are too critical, IMO. I rarely agree with them or the people who nominate films for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. They always like this horrible, boring crap IMO and films that are a 5 out of 5 for me get snubbed. There were actually some good ones up this past year (Avatar, District 9 and Inglourious Basterds) but that’s not usually the case. But, different strokes for different folks, I guess.

    21/12/2010 at 19:00

    • Don’t get me started on those that do the nominations. There is always some that get robbed at those Awards.

      It should be the people that get to chosse the winners, after all it us that go and see the films not the industry.

      That’s why I like the British TV awards. we get a list of show’s/ people and then the British public vote in each catgory. The one with the highest votes wins. Normal it spot on, but there are a few surprise every now and then. The industry only vote on a few awards, but they are normal Industry stuff.

      22/12/2010 at 08:25

      • We do have one here in the US called the Peoples’ Choice Awards. For some reason, completely different movies and TV shows are nominated and win than the ones at the Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. 😉 In fact, you’d think the other awards shows would actually take their cues from the Peoples’ Choice Awards.

        22/12/2010 at 16:15

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