Monday, 13 December 2010


Tron: Legacy [Review]

Opinion: B

Heavily invested in the latest CG technology to mesmerise its audience with a spectacular array of top-notch visual treats, you will like to focus on the aesthetics for the entire film so as to compensate that inner void in you induced by a mind-boggling screenplay containing some of the most far-fetched concepts that highly require an extreme imagination to digest.

Tron: Legacy is a 3D action-packed adventure set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar and Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges). a man once known as the world's leading video game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade that could have only come from his father he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning digital universe - created by Kevin himself - which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, and landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

On 9 July 1982, Disney attempted to shake off its kiddy image by venturing into something more mature due to the changing tastes of its target audience with "Tron", a rare big screen offering that involved a massive amount of high-technology CG effects to instill a wowing statement.

Unfortunately, a stock-market analyst Theodore James Jr. attended the early press preview screening on 8 July and published an unexpected angle on the financial pages of the newspapers that made an unforgettable impact on Disney's financial standings. He has criticised the film and made use of the opportunity to urge investors to sell off their Disney shares.

This was a major ordeal for Disney because the said analyst has actually punctured a wound in their well-devised strategy that involved early 20 minute preview footage to stir interest and attract investors as Disney faced some critical financial issues back then. Just one day before the film is slated to officially screen at cinemas came the wide-spread remarks of James.

So for those of you who've previously attended the Tron: Legacy 20 minutes preview screening, you know some historical background behind it.

Indeed Disney has taken almost three decades to go ahead with a contemporary remake of its 1982 original, but they have not changed much of their stance pertaining to this project. It seems as though they are really dying to see what would have happened some 28 years ago if not for the James incident.

Directed by Joseph Kosinki and written by TV series "Lost" writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, it seems that they have failed to understand the true rationale behind the inferior success behind the 1982 original.

It was definitely not because of Theodore James Jr. Well, not entirely at least.

Tron: Legacy benefits from some of the most visually stunning spectacles flowing with such liquid smoothness that evokes certain sense of realism in contrast to its digital virtual theme. Top quality visual and sound effects saturate the film, especially when Sam accidentally enters Kevin's highly-imaginative realm of creation (also known as the Grid) where it starts to feature the third dimension. Yes, it's a mixture of 2D and 3D, which in my opinion is better as 2D is very much preferred when 3D is not rendered.

Kudos for not post converting all 2D scenes into 3D.

Pulsating action sequences from the light disc battles to the light cycle grid challenge add overwhelming entertainment values, very much in reminiscence of Star Wars: Episode I's pod-racing. Not only do they subject your senses to awe, they also tend to challenge your perception as some of these action sequences are really imaginative in nature that requires a tight grasp of the film's far-fetched concepts.

With an impressive art direction as well as Kosinki's forte at music videos, everything on screen is superbly complemented by an atmospheric score from the Grammy Award winning French duo Daft Punk. Perhaps it's why Tron: Legacy doesn't seem to own too many constraints that leads to an impression that anything is possible, giving rise to the film's unpredictability.

Out of all the cast featured in this film, Michael Sheen is the one who impressed me with his flamboyant demeanour that suggests quirky venom. Sounds pretty impressive so far, right?

Here comes the shortcomings.

I'm one who's perfectly receptive of complex theories and imaginative concepts, such as those featured in Tron: Legacy. Nevertheless, the screenplay isn't adequate in leveling the playing field between these concepts and the audience. We are often thrown about at will by the film leading to severe frustrating confusion. These are seemingly well-compensated by the aesthetic qualities that tend to nullify the negativity of the mind-boggle imposed. They paint beautiful images to lure you in, in hope that you will buy the painting despite not knowing what the painting is all about.

This makes the screenwriters no different from insincere sales personnel.

Judging from the strengths of this film that are worthy of a paid ticket experience, Tron: Legacy is still an overwhelming presentation of excellent visual and audio effects that makes it the modern day Star Wars equivalent. It is largely evident in the much younger image of Jeff Bridges that shows off its technical prowess. You will likely find yourself in favour if your generosity is large enough to cover up the questionable scripting, which when resolved is potentially capable of achieving so much more.

Also not forgetting the value-adding gorgeous image of Olivia Wilde.

(Preview screening courtesy of Nuffnang SG)


  1. Lol, for m,e I think if you're a gamer , you'll love this movie :)

    If not, you can enjoy the score & graphics ;D
    My review here >>

    THX. :)

  2. Hey JEMSEN, yes I really enjoyed Daft Punk and the spectacular visuals in Tron: Legacy. That is why I still tell my friends to give it a try for a sensory experience that is top-notch in my opinion.

    I've read your review, it's good that you liked it! I'm just too picky over minor issues. AHA!

    Thanks for always checking out my blog JEMSEN, really appreciate it! ;)


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