HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Epic
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Isabelle
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Oblomov
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
Beats
Body Parts
Shock of the Future, The
Friday
High Life
High Noon
Comes a Horseman
Scandal in Paris, A
Greta
Fight, The
Pink Jungle, The
Skiptrace
Double Date
Mind of Mr. Soames, The
Long Shot
Sherlock Holmes
Amazing Grace
Monitors, The
Memory: The Origins of Alien
Mesa of Lost Women
Banana Splits Movie, The
In Fabric
Sisters Brothers, The
Aniara
Flamingo Kid, The
Queen, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
   
 
  Tron: Legacy Buy this film here.
Year: 2010
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Anis Cheurfa, Serinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Mathis, Daft Punk, Cillian Murphy
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: In 1989 computer genius Kevin Flynn disappeared. Over 20 years later his rebellious son Sam, heir to the ENCOM corporation, enters The Grid – a digital world where his father resides along with his creation Clu. Can father and son reunite to prevent Clu’s evil plot coming to fruition?

Tron, a flop on release this unique film with its distinct aesthetic became a cult favourite and a sequel was somehow inevitable. Does Tron: Legacy live up to its predecessor? It’s certainly a welcome return to a totally original universe with a bigger budget providing even more dazzling creations but suffers from the same flaws, namely style over substance. It’s a conventional good versus evil tale mixed with father/son angst salvaged by Jeff Bridges’ performance in the dual roles of Kevin Flynn and the younger mutinous Clu – a not entirely successful CG augmented character. Bridges brings his familiar laconic charm to Flynn now a Zen-like mentor, a god in exile regretting his past mistakes but still enthralled by the world he has created. Olivia Wilde is feisty and engaging as his protégé Quorra, who would’ve been a more appealing lead than the bland Garrett Hedlund as Sam. He’s supposed to be the hero audiences root for but is constantly outshone by his co-stars.

There are deeper elements bubbling under the surface; the relationship between the creator and his creation, the father and son bond echoed in the connection between Flynn and Clu, parallels with the fallen angel cast out by god. But these are all viewer interpretations that if made less opaque could’ve added an interesting metaphysical depth. As it stands director Joseph Kosinski is content to provide cool action scenes and a lavish world full of neon ships and lightcycles set to an impressive soundtrack. Daft Punk, so perfectly suited to the landscape of Tron that they make a logical cameo, provide this powerful score that whilst not as daring as Wendy Carlos’ work on Tron adds a sense of epic grandeur the script often lacks. In fact it would certainly be a less compelling film without their input.

Tron: Legacy overloads the senses with exciting set pieces and another effortlessly appealing performance from Jeff Bridges, as well as a strong supporting role for Michael Sheen who appears to be channelling David Bowie. But it fails to really push the concept forward in any bold new directions, entertaining on a purely visual rather than narrative level. The inclusion of Cillian Murphy in a brief uncredited cameo hints at a possible villain for Tron 3, but if audiences are to enter this world for a third time a more dynamic plot is needed to do full justice to this unquestionably impressive digital universe.
Reviewer: Jason Cook

 

This review has been viewed 2110 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
  Derrick Smith
   

 

Last Updated: