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Sci-Fi Tron: Legacy

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Robby, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Tom

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  2. astonwest

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    Re: 'Tron: Legacy' ramps up to light speed for December release

    Discovered, while trying to find a copy of the original Tron on DVD, that the whole thing is up on YouTube (in chunks). Watching it first definitely helped...

    As for this movie, I enjoyed it for what it was...
     
  3. krumme

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    Re: 'Tron: Legacy' ramps up to light speed for December release

    Was really looking forward to this one but I must admit that it was just OK, definately see it on the big screen though as that is the main attraction.
     
  4. OlySid

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    Re: 'Tron: Legacy' ramps up to light speed for December release

    I am not sure if anyone has seen the latest Box Office Numbers:

    The Numbers Rating: 8.61 (18 votes) Rate it - Rating Details
    Theatrical Performance
    Total US Gross $170,428,000
    International Gross $219,800,000
    Worldwide Gross $390,228,000

    I think the movie is a financial success, too.
     
  5. Anthony G Williams

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    Films: Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010)

    Films: Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010)

    I saw Tron once before, but so long ago that I had forgotten all but the basic premise of a man stuck in a computer game. So I decided that a second viewing was due before watching the long-delayed sequel.

    It's hard to think back over the changes in the digital world since Tron was made. According to Wiki, 1982 was the year when "the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) was standardized and the concept of a world-wide network of fully interconnected TCP/IP networks called the Internet was introduced", although the impact of the internet on popular culture was still more than a decade away. This was the first film to be mostly based on computer-generated visuals, and it made quite an impact when it first appeared. It even predated Neuromancer, the innovative novel imagining what it might be like for a human mind in a computer network. So it has a secure place - indeed a cult status - in the history of SF films: but how does it stand up now?

    The film focuses on four characters who are present in both the real and digital worlds: Jeff Bridges plays the computer games designer Kevin Flynn (and also his virtual equivalent, an independent programme called Clu), cheated out of his successful inventions by the head of software company ENCOM, (David Warner). The others are two ENCOM employees (Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan) who help Bridges to break into the company's mainframe to find evidence of Warner's guilt. However, the mainframe has literally developed a mind of its own, the MCP (Master Control Program) which is able to "capture" Bridges and trap him in a virtual game world. Most of the film consists of the three heroes battling their way through the game world to achieve their objective.

    The plot is simplistic and the CGI is of course primitive, but I didn't mind that - it was appropriate for the purpose and impressive for the time. Ironically, what struck me more was that the initial part of the film, set in the real world, had a rather dated feel. Also, while the digital background music was fine, the inclusion of the more traditional orchestral elements jarred somewhat. Despite this, I enjoyed seeing it again - it is still entertaining and worth watching if you've never seen it.

    Tron Legacy also features Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, reprising their roles. Bridges again has two parts, as an enhanced CLU (who has not aged, thanks to some CGI trickery), and as Kevin Flynn, who has spent the last twenty years trapped in "The Grid", the name for the virtual game world he created. The focus now is on Flynn's adult son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) who follows a trail in search of his long-lost father and also finds himself trapped in the Grid. Cue for many reprises of the virtual chases and combat scenes, as father and son try to escape. To reveal more of the plot would spoil a few surprises, so I'll restrict myself to generalities.

    The CGI is of course vastly superior to the original film although the same general appearance of the virtual world is maintained, with some added touches reminiscent of the Matrix series. The artificially youthful Bridges is a clever idea but not entirely convincing - if you didn't know what had been done, you would think he was wearing really thick make-up. Some questions from the original film remain unanswered: what exactly is the nature of the humans trapped in the Grid? What happened to their physical bodies when they were "scanned" into the Grid, and how were they reconstituted when they came back out again? If they are virtual, why did Sam Flynn "bleed" when injured and why should Kevin Flynn age? These little niggles kept bothering me as I watched the film.

    Overall, Tron Legacy doesn't really take the ideas of Tron much further, and it is of course nothing like as fresh and ground-breaking. It isn't in the same league as The Matrix. However, it's undemanding entertainment and anyone who liked the original and is able to park their critical faculties and enjoy the ride will probably like the sequel.[​IMG]


    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
     
  6. amenhotepi

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    Re: Films: Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010)

    thxs Anthony G Williams. enjoyed reading your post. '82 tron a favorite of mine.


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  7. Starbeast from Planet X

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    Re: Films: Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010)


    I agree, the original Tron film was a great movie for it's time, but the sequel was boring. I believe the hardcore fans will enjoy the long awaited closure.

    Plus, the first sequel to Matrix was awesome, I loved the highway battle sequence.




    Thanks again Anthony for another double feature review. :)
     
  8. amenhotepi

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    Re: Films: Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010)

    agreed. i don't get to the movies a lot or make-use of my dvds, but there are definitely some classics out there, yes
     
  9. Kevin

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    Had a chance to watch Tron: Legacy today and, for the most part, I have to agree with the other feedback above.

    The visuals were great, the music by Daft Punk worked well, and there was a lot of action but it just didn't have the same feel as the original. The humor with Bit from the original wasn't there and the wonder of the digital world, like the bike rider in the original drinking from stream of pure energy as if it were water & being rejuvenated, wasn't there either. Fans of the original Tron might also take a bit of umbrage to the title characters fate.

    Something that struck me as a bit odd was the separation of the Grid (the virtual world) from Encom (the software company that the characters worked for in the original version) since those two subjects were so closely tied together in the plot of the original movie. The ending was a bit predictable and a scene that should have been included, the 'before' & 'after' transformation of the grid from the ending of the original movie, wasn't represented here.


    It'd have to say it wasn't a bad movie.... really, it wasn't, it had everything to keep you entertained... but when compared against the original I can't say it was an outstanding good movie either. If you like action movies with a slick look then definitely give it a watch but if you are a die-hard Tron just don't expect the same experience watching it as the original.


    On a side note... if you watch Tron: Legacy then you can make a pretty good guess how the actions in the upcoming Tron: Uprising animated series will turn out. :(
     

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