Tron: Legacy Delivers Spectacular Action

"You're messing with my Zen thing, man."


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Solomon Kenworthy

     Tron: Legacy was released in 2010 and directed by Joseph Kosinski. The film stars Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and Jeff Bridges. 20 years after the mysterious disappearance of tech genius Kevin Flynn, his son, Sam Flynn follows clues that lead him to his father’s old arcade. There, he is transported to the digital world of The Grid, and must find his father and the key to escape. 

     Garrett Hedlund’s performance as Sam Flynn is mediocre at best. It’s clear multiple times throughout the film that he’s just reading lines. He reminds me of an off brand Shia Labeouf. Olivia Wilde just stands around until the script tells her to do something, very bland. Jeff Bridges plays both Kevin Flynn, and the film’s villain, Clu. He’s great as both. 

     The script is a mess. There are many points that I had no idea what was going on. It’s fine if you’re just watching it as a purely action film, but as soon as you pay attention, you will be confused. There’s so much that only those who had watched the first Tron, would understand. For example, in the original Tron, you learn the “users,” that go into the digital world have powers that the programs within do not. They do not once ever say this in this film. So if you didn’t know this, actions scenes including Kevin make absolutely no sense.

     Conversations between characters are not fantastic. Much of the dialogue feels awkward and unnatural. 

     The lighting and the directing are very good. The directing stands out in the action scenes. All of the action (even if it’s confusing in terms what is happening) is extremely entertaining, and awesome. There are certain scenes shot with IMAX cameras, and they look fantastic. The world of The Grid, is a really cool, and original design. Daft Punk’s score adds a feeling of jaw dropping excitement.

     The CGI looks good for the most part. This film was one of the first to have attempted to de-age an actor. They do this with Jeff Bridges, for both flashback sequences and the character of Clu. Maybe for the time it looked okay, but it does not hold up well.

     The script has many, many problems. The visuals, with an exception, and the action, save the film. It’s also notable to add that even if you have no idea what’s happening, there will be epic music playing. 


[My grade for Tron: Legacy is a C+]