Tron: Legacy is a visual feast with some great action scenes and one of the best scores of all time, but ultimately lacks a really interesting story.
Plot: The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.
Review: Here’s a movie that a lot of people tend to dump on, but it was one of my favourite films of 2010. I always found the original Tron to be pretty dull, despite having decent visuals (for the time). Legacy remains faithful to the original in terms of story and ideas, but generally improves on the pacing and the visual effects.
It really has jaw dropping visuals, spectacular action and the best score I’ve heard in a long time. I saw it in 3D in the cinema and it was crystal clear; no dark edges or blurriness to be found. The only real problem was the “young” Jeff Bridges CGI effects, which are quite frankly creepy.
The plot was admittedly pretty forgettable and the first half is definitely the stronger part of the movie; the pacing does lag in the middle section and doesn’t really pick up until the end.
I did however, like the father/son relationship though and thought it was nicely realised.
The acting was generally very good, but since when is Jeff Bridges bad in anything? The supporting cast were fine with what they were given, although upon further viewings Michael Sheen’s character was really annoying. Olivia Wilde looked amazing but that was really all her character had to do, which is a shame.
Garret Hedlund has a Christian Bale-esque quality about him and was believable as the son of Flynn; he doesn’t have much in the way of exciting dialogue but he’s likeable enough.
I bought the Blu-ray box set of both Tron movies and they look fantastic; beautifully remastered with flawless picture and sound.
Overall, Tron: Legacy is a visual feast with some great action scenes and one of the best scores of all time, but ultimately lacks a really interesting story.