Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (screenplay); Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (story) and Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird (characters)
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheufa
Producers: Sean Bailey, Steven Lisberger and Jeffrey Silver
Executive Producers: Donald Kushner
Co-producers: Steve Gaub, Justis Greene and Justin Springer
Associate Producer: Bruce Franklin
Production Executive: Brigham Taylor
Original Music: Daft Punk
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Long anticipated, Tron Legacy doesn't disappoint as a fantasy filled science fiction spectacular filled with stunning special effects.
Seen in 3D, all of the action and effects are enhanced into something spectacular. While it may not be a thought-provoking psychological film, it's lots of fun.
Picking up 28 years after the original Tron was made, Tron Legacy stars Jeff Bridges, once again, as the software developer father who was seduced by a video game and disappeared inside the Tron universe (which exists entirely within computer chips).
Sam Flynn grew up an orphan since his father Kevin disappeared 20 years ago and now he receives an electronic message that lures him into joining his father into the Tron universe.
Jeff Bridges plays Kevin Flynn, both in a flashback to 20 years before, taking leave of his son, and now in the Tron universe. His remarkably youthful appearance in the flashback isn't due to expert makeup but rather due to CGI special computer effects that do a remarkable job of making him look exactly like a young Jeff Bridges.
And the younger Flynn doesn't just appear in the flashback but sticks around to play a character named Clu, who is the adversary in this fantasy.
Clu of course is the digital doppelganger that Flynn created, and who now wants to control the world.
After a reconciliation between Kevin and Sam, they are joined by the beautiful Quorra. Played by Olivia Wilde (former Number Thirteen on House), who looks fabulous in a tight, form-fitting outfit and short wig, there are definite sparks between Sam and Quorra. There is the problem that she's virtual and he's a real human. Can love exist between them?
Tron Legacy is very action oriented - much more so than the original Tron and a far cry from the sedentary Hal in 2001.
Jeff Bridges is outstanding reprising the role of Kevin Flynn. Even his current craggy looks are enhanced by the neon-lit costumes and stunning sets and special effects.
Michael Sheen (formerly David Frost and other historical figures) gives a remarkable performance whose transformation leaves the audience amazed that it's truly Michael Sheen.
This film is sure to be a blockbuster because of the anticipation, the great cast and the remarkable special effects - regardless of the weak and confusing story.
The music by Daft Punk is electronic and enhances the overall effect of the film.
Overall, the film is an experience that will be enjoyed and discussed whether it's a "great" film in the annals of film history or not.
Certainly, Tron Legacy 3D is new and exciting and paves the way for still more creativity and originality in the movie industry.
Sunday, November 14, 2010