Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Movie Review - Tron Legacy

by Alex Popp

The game has changed in "Tron Legacy," released almost three decades after the original "Tron," and one of the most expensive films ever made.

Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

You don't need to see the original to understand and enjoy this extremely interesting flick. The effects are elaborate, dazzling to the eye, and blend well into the sound effects and original score composed by Daft Punk. The action scenes are thrilling and jaw-dropping, including one particular motorcycle chase scene that almost blows your mind. Aside from the visuals though, it is a good story that even gets fairly emotional in terms of Sam and his dad having to catch up on everything they've missed since Flynn was lost in the game.

The only thing with "Tron Legacy" is that there is a scene where Flynn says he was in a stressful situation of having his "Zen thing" ruined. Although I did see another interesting spiritual theme comparable to God's creation and how man destroyed it. But I'm going to let you see it and figure out what I'm talking about.

I didn't see the film in 3D, but from the appearance of things, it looks like I missed out.

Rated PG for some mild language and intense sequences of sci-fi violence that get far too scary for kids under the age of 10.

Three and a half stars (out of four) for the thorough and exhilarating, "Tron Legacy."

Review by Alex Popp for The Animation Empire blog.

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