I should probably start off by saying I’m not a very big fan of Avatar. At this point you may be wondering why I would start off by saying something like that. Well, from what I’ve been reading there’s already been a slew of comparisons between TRON: Legacy and Avatar. That is to say, both films take place in an alien world, a world GREATLY enhanced by CGI (computer-generated imagery for the laymen, and by laymen I mean my mom), cutting edge 3D technology and an epic adventure narrative. In my opinion Avatar was too long, kind of boring, overly preachy (Unobtanium, seriously?) and was so overhyped by everyone around me that I couldn’t help but be unimpressed upon my initial viewing. Many critics have said the same thing about TRON: Legacy, but I have to disagree mainly for one reason – I freaking loved this film. TRON: Legacy was the dystopic balls-to-the-wall adventure I’d been waiting for. The visuals (minus one glaring infraction), the sounds and score, even the paint-by-the-numbers plot had me completely hooked.
For those of you that haven’t yet been inundated with TRON information by the Disney marketing machine, here is the basic rundown. Sam Flynn, Kevin Flynn’s son, is transported to The Grid (that’s what the TRON world is called), the very same digital domain that his father (brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges) created in the first TRON film. In this new and amazingly rendered world, Sam is forced to not only survive but is tasked with saving mankind and the world as he knows it. Action ensues. Things explode.
|Light Cycles in the arena|
While I think Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn did a fine job with the lines he was given and looks enough like Jeff Bridge’s Kevin Flynn as to imply a possible familial connection, the acting is secondary to the effects. Even Jeff Bridges, who seems to be channeling an older and much nerdier Jeffrey Lebowski and is always great in pretty much everything he does, plays second fiddle to the bright lights and pulsing soundtrack.
|Daft Punk making a cameo in TRON: Legacy|
|The digitally rendered Clu|
TRON: Legacy was a gripping adventure that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to friends who don’t mind a big, sometimes dopey, often explosion-y action spectacle now and again. The film is a revelation to look at and a complete thrill to listen to. It might just be the perfect cure to anyone who is still dealing with the gut punch that the amazing Black Swan packed. Go see the film and simply enjoy the ride it takes you on.
Rating: 4/5 Stars