Thursday, December 23

Tron: Legacy

Tron Legacy is a whirlwind ride of special effects and a flash back to the eighties via music within an arcade which hides a secret lab take the viewer by storm. A nonstop action flick which whips by you, seemingly in moments.

Some may think it a shallow, topical movie and I say, “So what?” Not every movie needs to be a depressing drama riddled with needed social changes.

Sometimes…we just wanna have fun.
And fun is exactly what this movie promises and delivers. Jeff Bridges stars once again as Kevin Flynn the scientist sucked into cyberspace inside a video game called Tron. Leaving his son behind to wonder what happened, Flynn is unable to leave via the portal through which he came; it only works for a set amount of time and then you are out of luck. 
During his absence, Flynn's company is taken over by money-hungry folks who don't care about quality, truth or the other morals thought of highly by a few individuals like Flynn, his son Sam, played by Garrett Hedlund, and Alan Bradley.

Bradley, reprised by Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) still believes Flynn is “out there somewhere.” He gets a message on his pager (yeah, he still uses one), tells Sam about it and gives him the keys to the closed-down arcade.

Sam plays a practical joke on the money grubbers, putting the program out for free which they were ready to make a killing with, on the open market. At 27, Sam is the majority shareholder and still dealing with Dad’s disappearance.

He is by nature an adrenalin junkie -- fast motorcycles, jumping off 25 story buildings -- you get the picture. What you don’t know is Hedlund is the new generation’s answer to the arrogant, handsome daredevil we adore on the big screen. Reminiscent of Harrison Ford in Star Wars and Tom Cruise  in Top Gun, Hedlund always has the cheeky answer and the good looks to back up the attitude.

Olivia Wilde, as friend to Flynn Quorra, plays the female love interest for Sam convincingly. I will leave all further details for your viewing.

With motorcycle chases, frontier-breaking technology and music from the '80s, Tron will please most of the movie-going crowd. As far as the critics disliking it, well, this is one critic who recommends you going and having fun with it.

Bottom Line: Tron: Legacy satisfies 100 percent as a fast-paced, 3-D way to introduce the next generation to The Grid. Welcome back to the '80s.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer and theater critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.

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1 comment:

Ricky L. Potts, Jr. said...

Great review of the film. I know that we sat in the same theater watching this movie unfold, and I am glad that you liked it as much as I did. I honestly think that this was one of the best films of the year. The acting, from Jeff Bridges, was incredible. I have come to expect nothing less from him. He just seems to "fit" every character he plays.

The soundtrack was amazing, as well. I think Daft Punk did an INCREDIBLE job with this. They did the entire soundtrack, and even made a guest appearance in the film. Did you catch that?

Great review; thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on such an amazing film.