Tron Legacy (2010 Movie)
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  • Getting back to the sequel itself, I won't reveal any spoilers, but as I stated, there are two Jeff Bridges running around here, and though Bridges' performance is one of two main reasons to see Legacy, less of the actor definitely would have been more

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      During the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Disney produced a trio of live-action genre pictures, two of which have become cult classics: 1979’s The Black Hole, and 1981’s Dragonslayer. The third film, Tron, has become a bona fide classic, remembered more fondly in the nostalgic minds of adults who grew up having seen the film upon its original theatrical release, or, as is more likely, on home video. Twenty-eight years later comes Tron: Legacy, an imperfect sequel to the imperfect orignal. To cut to the chase, the script here is awful, presenting a vague synopsis of the first’s already-muddled plot. Possessing more than a passing familiarity with the original Tron is essential if one is to understand just why two Jeff Bridges are running around in Legacy. This necessary familiarity presents a structual and marketing dilemma due to the fact that it’s at once relatively unaccessible to the casual viewer, which is further hindered by the fact that Disney had not seen fit to offer a re-release of Tron on DVD prior

      to Legacy’s theater run (1982’s Tron has been out of producton for several years, but was recently released to home video prior to Legacy’s DVD release).

      Getting back to the sequel itself, I won’t reveal any spoilers, but as I stated, there are two Jeff Bridges running around here, and though Bridges’ performance is one of two main reasons to see Legacy, less of the actor definitely would have been more. There’s something undeniably enjoyable in seeing the recent Academy Award winner return to an “event movie,” particularly a sequel which had been highly anticipated for years. Seemingly forever within the shadow of the iconic Jeffrey Lebowski, the “good” Bridges here is having fun as Flynn, a zen-hippie Einstein for the computer age, at times even channeling “The Dude” (try not smiling as he addresses people as “man”). Bridges steals the show despite not being the film’s heart, a role that falls upon Flynn’s son Sam, played with all the Channing Tatum-patented uncharismatic dullness by relative unknown Garrett Hedlund. After the barrage of special effects ...


      • which you might expect, you may be more astounded as to how Hedlund managed to secure what must have been a highly sought after part.

        Speaking of the special effects, theyre the second reason to watch Legacy, and they’re nothing short of spectacular…for the most part anyway. And that’s where trouble comes into this bio-digital paradise. As the film’s two strongest attractions, Bridges and the FX also combine to become its second and third greatest weaknesses behind the appalling scipt. Bridges was ehanced via CG to appear as a plastic-like version of how he appeared nearly 30 years ago in the dual role of Clu: hero of the first film, fascist nutjob villain of the sequel. Despite the ability to digitally create breathtaking worlds from scratch, Hollywood’s computer artistry still hasn’t mastered human appearance, as Clu looks like a young Lloyd Bridges playing Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine’s more mild-mannered brother. It’s a flawed FX experiment akin to the horror of Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. And in a film like this, its

        success can rise or fall depending upon the quality of the villain.

        It’s nice to see Bruce Boxleitner return, though his titular character gets short shrift considering these movies are called “Tron”. House’s Olivia Wilde is also on hand, giving an adequate performance as a wide-eyed “missing link” between the real world and the alternate video game landscape, though she’s uninspiringly dressed-up as a dot matrix dominatrix straight out of The Matrix. Cillian Murphy of 28 Days Later and Batman Begins has a cameo as a character reportedly meant to be the son of David Warner’s character from the orignal Tron. One can’t help but wonder how the film might have been improved by a less visually-distracting nemesis lording over this extreme sports-crazed totalitarian universe. Though Warner is now looking very craggly as viewers of BBC’s Wallander can attest, he would have undoubtedly brought his legendary evil British chops to this picture, and, even if he had needed a walker to get around on-screen, he would have been an improvement over Jeff Bridges as a rejected character design from Final Fantasy.




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