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January 15, 2011

TRON: Legacy IMAX 3D Review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 2:36 pm

I emphasize the IMAX 3D because it costs $18.50 to watch this type of movie at Irvine Spectrum. Quite the premium, and nothing even pops out at you like you would expect. It just adds to my belief that 3D is a gimmick designed by producers to go 1.5x in box office revenues for the same amount of people, and we the masses fall for it. For the record, my friend wanted to see it in IMAX; I was indifferent. It’s a very subtle feeling that you’re in the room with them, which can also be done with LED TVs.

Nevertheless, it’s an amazing sequel to the 1982 original that really achieves the highest on-screen treat to the eyes and ears. It stays true to the original by playing the same games, only now the stages are bigger and the games are faster. Of course to one-up the Light Cycle game, all you have to do is make the stage multi-leveled. Genius.

I was really surprised to see such a fan base out of people who didn’t see the original, as the plot can be confusing, a little unorganized and quite frankly, unappealing. Never doubt the American people flocking to see loud action. Let me tell you that it’s so much more satisfying seeing the prequel first, as this one assumes you know about programs and users and the laser that gets you into the grid. Also, I knew Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) got out of the grid at the end of the first movie so I was curious to find out how he got stuck before the start of this one, which they creatively explained.

Garret Hedlund, who also stars in Country Strong, gave a fine performance as Kevin’s son, Bridges was Bridges (read: badass) and Olivia Wilde, who’s set to have a big year as the lead in four movies this year, was hot as Quorra. The costume and makeup were apropos, and electronic music duo Daft Punk delivered a notable score.

Can’t wait for Tron 3, with Cillian Murphy, who was uncredited as Encom board member Edward Dillinger, the potential villain.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5




  1. Maybe, I didn’t notice it in this one because I already felt that way after the original. Tron wasn’t the main character in the original either so I’m as stumped as you are as to why Disney thought the movie should be called Tron.

    I almost forgot that Tron is Rinzler, champion of the games and Clu’s right-hand man. There’s definitely no character development in Legacy, but I was comfortable with that because I knew exactly how he was in the original – affable and Flynn’s closest friend in the grid where I think Flynn had only one other friend. You know Sam Flynn and Quorra’s relationship? Their meeting and journey in the grid was exactly like that, but they were closer.

    I understand what you mean, though, and it’s going to make even less sense to see Tron sequels without any Tron at all.

    Comment by Bryan — January 19, 2011 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  2. Again, I agree with Chris. The change of heart was too quick. I had a “what the…” moment because I seriously thought I might have missed a crucial part of the movie that led to that development. Maybe it was the eye contact, but it would have to one penetrating gaze for me to fully appreciate it. Not to be a snobby film critic, but it seemed like a better way to play it out would have been for Tron to get knocked down and “reprogrammed”.

    And i definitely thought that Tron was given a bit role just to pay lip service to the title. Kinda like the new Karate Kid, the new Tron had to keep its name to sell tickets based on name recognition even though it really had no relation to the plot. Except that people are stupid enough to mix up karate and kung fu, but a Tron movie with no Tron? Even the laziest moviegoers could see the absurdity in that.

    Comment by dan — January 19, 2011 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  3. I’m fine with a reversal–like you said, it happens all the time. It’s just that Tron’s reversal wasn’t developed at all. He makes eye contact with Flynn and … that’s it? I need more explanation than that, and frankly I’m disappointed the filmmakers went with such an easy out. Tron’s character was shallow and inconsequential, so why have him in the movie at all? Oh yeah, because the movie is called Tron. Considering his quick introduction and equally swift exit, I think Tron was only included because he’s the title character.

    Again, this might make more sense seeing the original, but a good sequel–especially one made 20 years after the original–should be able to stand on its own.

    Comment by Chris Le — January 19, 2011 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  4. Per Wiki, Kevin Flynn and Tron make eye contact during the chase, which is what prompts Tron to declare, “I fight for the users.” So a lot of you guys didn’t buy the reversal, which happens in movies all the time; guy betrays Side A and is now with Side B, but as Side A’s only hope of surviving, turns against Side B in a suicide-rescue mission.

    Is it different because they’re machines and can’t have feelings? If so, and I hope I’m not digging too deep here, here was my interpretation when watching the movie. Tron is a program, which are computers in human form, something not discussed at all in Legacy. They’re not supposed to have feelings, but Tron does at the end, which is what makes the reversal captivating. All of this is discussed in the original, along with the threat of programs taking over the real world.

    Dan, if he got knocked into the sea, how would he ever get out, being that Clu stole Tron’s light jet baton? What you suggested partly happened, as he turned blue as he sunk.

    Comment by Bryan — January 19, 2011 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  5. i totally thought Tron’s reversal was cheap. After all that time he served Clu *that was the time he chose to change sides? Interestingly, it seemed like Tron didn’t deres when he got hit. Woulda made more sense if he was knocked into the sea, then had his system rebooted to his original programming.

    I still really liked the movie though. I’m really glad Zuse didn’t wax philosophically like the Merylvingian in the Matrix sequel. At least the director knew what kind of film he was making.

    Comment by dan — January 18, 2011 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  6. Again, I don’t think people who haven’t watched the original would like–or even fully understand–the story, which isn’t fair to criticize it. I didn’t have a problem with it and it definitely didn’t slow down for me, but Erick hated it too.

    I didn’t find Tron’s reversal cheap, but wasn’t he destroyed on the spot by Clu in the flashback? Tron was Kevin Flynn’s right-hand man in the original so it made sense that he could be faithful.

    Comment by Bryan — January 18, 2011 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  7. Definitely candy for the eyes and ears. For the mind and heart? Not so much. I was captivated full bore for the first 40 minutes or so — it was fast, pretty and generally awesome — but once it dove into the heart of the story, the excitement vanished and the pace slowed to a snail’s pace. And Tron’s reversal at the end, I found it sudden and a cheap resolution. Perhaps this would make more sense had I seen the first movie.

    Overall, though, enjoyable. Worth seeing in the theaters just to appreciate the visuals and soundtrack, which booms.

    Comment by Chris Le — January 18, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

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