Saturday, December 18, 2010

REVIEW: Tron Legacy

I saw this in theaters on the same day I saw The Fighter and Black Swan. It was rough but at least they were all good. But on to Tron Legacy, which I know very little about to begin with. The only way I would say Tron Legacy was my favorite of the three was if I was six, maybe seven years old. So what do I think of Tron Legacy? Come to think of it, there's really nothing to think about it. That is, compared to the original, which we're all trying to get our hands on at this point. All anyone hopes for is it to top the original, and I hear this coming from people who haven't even seen the original! That's all sequels try to do these days, which is top the story and have twice the action. It's never like the Godfather trilogies, where the sequels simply add to the original's story by giving everyone what they want to see. Well, sometimes it is, but not often.

Tron Legacy is one of those rare sequels, although it doesn't really give us a lot of a story to make it all that important to share. It manages to stretch very little information over the course of two hours; don't worry about the runtime though, it doesn't really seem that long. Basically the story is: Sam Flynn, the prodigal son of Kevin Flynn, the creator of Tron, goes into "The Grid," the virtual world from the first Tron, and finds his long-lost-dad (Jeff Bridges). He races bikes and plays a few games of ultimate frisbee with the drone-ish inhabitants of The Grid, and then attempts to get his dad out, while maintaining a serious face throughout, despite the fact that the long-lost-dad frequently acts like "The Dude." Let's not forget, uh whatshername, played by Olivia Wilde. She's the hot chick with the same haircut Natalie Portman had in The Professional. Sam tries to get her out too (I don't blame him), and although she seems like a character of little importance, she's really the most important thing about it. You'll see what I mean, or maybe you'll find the crazy techno mirage of orange and blue more entertaining (I wouldn't blame you for that either). 

What Tron Legacy's purpose seems to be is that of reminding us of the original, in that it defines the essence of this fictional world. We aren't fully expected to see the original (trust me, it isn't really necessary), so we share the same perspective of Sam Flynn, who hasn't seen the first movie either. The story of the first one is pretty cool (even though critics complained about that too), so all Tron Legacy does is give us the breath-taking digital world of The Grid that wasn't possible to create in 1982. The story of Tron Legacy is kinda cool in that it makes Kevin Flynn into a metaphorical "God" of The Grid as well as expanding that biblical parable in other areas, although some people might not find that cool. I did. Really, you should only be seeing this for the special effects. Or the Daft Punk soundtrack, you might be seeing it for that (once again, I don't blame you). Plain and simple, the message of the movie is: technology is taking over our lives and Dinsney warned us 28 years ago. Now who's up for a crazy awesome light show?