REVIEW: ‘TRON Legacy’

Director:
Joseph Kosinkski
Cast:
Jeff Bridges
Garrett Hedlund
Olivia Wilde
Bruce Boxleitner
Rated: PG

TRON Legacy is the sequel to the original cult classic 80’s film Tron. In this adaption, the main character is Sam Flynn (Hedlund), the son of Kevin Flynn (Bridges), the protagonist of the first film. The film begins with Kevin leaving Sam to deal with work however he never comes back home leaving Sam alone. The story pics back up with Sam as an adult. He owns the majority of his father’s company ENCOM, but isn’t part of the staff.

So instead of trying to stop the other members of Encom’s board from doing bad things with his Father’s company as the CEO, he instead uses James Bond methods to sabotage their work… for some reason. However, before Sam can do anything more he gets a page from his father’s old arcade. Upon arriving he is transported into the cyber world known as the grid which has been turned into a sort of police state with the program ‘Clu’ as the ruler.

Sam soon learns that the grid is where his father is and decides to try and get both of them back to the real world, on their quest they are joined by Quorra (Wilde) who is a very special type of program. At the same time the trio must try and stop Clu from getting into the real world as well and taking over the world.

I really tried getting into this story, but I just couldn’t feel attached at all. The plot felt like it had a lot of holes in it and there wasn’t enough tension or suspense to keep it going. Sure, toward the beginning and end there was some excitement, but to be honest the middle of the film seemed to move really slow. It was like watching a guy trying to run a 100 meter dash through quicksand.

I think a big portion of this was because of the characters. Jeff Bridges was good and he made his character interesting, but the actor playing Sam was unbelievably dull. The character wasn’t well written, either. Besides being angry at his father, there’s not much depth to the character to get invested in.

The same can be said about Quorra, she some times felt human  and some times didn’t. I understand that she is a program and isn’t a human in the first place, but it seems like they couldn’t decide on how to develop her character.

Now the special effects do look absolutely awesome. Everything looks slick and well rendered, making for some great moments like the bike chases. The moments that really stood out was when the bikes and other light machines actually formed and digitized. However, I wouldn’t really say that it was price of admission.

Despite the great special effects in this film, I really thought it was overly mediocre. The story wasn’t compelling and the characters were really difficult to invest in. I will put it at a high 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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