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April 4, 2018

TRON: Legacy (2010) --- "Guy Falls Into An Arcade Game In Search For Answers About His Missing Father. What He Discovers Instead Shock You."

Plot Summary
Sam (Garrett Hedlund), the son of famous video-game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), has been haunted for a long time by his father's mysterious disappearance. A strange signal draws Sam to Flynn's Arcade, and he is pulled into the same cyberworld in which his father, its creator, has been trapped for 20 years. With fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Kevin and Sam seek to escape from a universe that, while magnificent, is far more advanced and dangerous than Kevin had ever imagined. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     I have never seen the original 1982 TRON film by Steven Lisberger and I have only ever heard of the film on a few occasions. Obviously, enough people believe that one must watch the original before watching this latest addition as it is the sequel to a nearly 30-year sci-fi cult classic. However, after seeing the previews for TRON: Legacy (2010), which were visually stunning, I decided to see this film without first seeing the original film. Now Disney took a risk in continuing this series by introducing a first-time-filmmaker Joseph Kosinski (Only the Brave) and re-imagining the story in a way that caters to the original fanbase whilst acquiring new ones.

      Perhaps one day I will watch the 1982 version, regardless the plot seems to be a bit disjointed at first but as the film progresses you start to learn more about the world of the Grid and years between films. The material is introduced in a way that is not overwhelming and there are some touches on real-world aspects – like the Holocaust, God complexes, and evil doppelgangers with a fair balance between CGI and action.
     The effects are a visually a wonder to be held. Director Kosinski along with the special effect team has done a wonderful job in creating an extraordinary world that capitalizes on escapism by giving the cyber world a sleek and stylish look that further pushes the boundaries of your imagination. The music score courtesy of Daft Punk perfectly encompasses the theme of the film with its techno beats and soaring string moments that offer as a guide through this uncharted cyber world. The action was surprisingly good and entertaining but it was not the non-stop action some people might have expected. But once you get past the film’s slow start the action sequences pick up and make you wish you could participate – if only for a time – within such a world.
     The acting was great with a strong dramatic element between father and son. Jeff Bridges (Only the Brave) gave a solid performance as the hero Kevin Flynn and while his portrayal of the villain Clu was good his computer animation to make him look younger actually gave him a more cartoony feel. Garrett Hedlum (Pan) as Sam Flynn gives a solid and charismatic performance. Some of his dialogue is a bit chunky or choppy but that does not deter from a great performance. Olivia Wilde (The Words) as Quorra provides a nice feminism touch to the overall male loaded film. Her actions sequences are the best out of everyone else’s and her background offers as a superficial twist that aims to expand the TRON universe by turning a miracle phenomenon into a natural occurrence once a perfect equilibrium is achieved. Michael Sheen (Twilight) as Castor/Zuse provides a memorable and delightful performance.

     Overall, TRON: Legacy (2010) directed by newcomer Joseph Kosinski and starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and Michael Sheen is a nice and entertaining sequel to a 30-year-old cult classic. The special effects are visually stunning, the music is perfectly fitting, the action sequences are fun, and the performances are solid and memorable. Although this is a “sequel” the story does a great job at explaining things that happened in the first film. I recommend this film to anyone who has seen the original film and even to those you have not.

"It's amazing how productive doing nothing can be."
- Kevin Flynn

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.2 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  7.2 of 10 stars

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