HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Reckoning, The
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies
For the Sake of Vicious
Hell Bent
Straight Shooting
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon
Man They Could Not Hang, The
Final Days
Frightened City, The
Assimilate
Sequin in a Blue Room
Common Crime, A
Into the Labyrinth
Power, The
Wake of Death
Night Orchid
Mortal
Iron Mask, The
Dinosaur
Personal History of David Copperfield, The
Dove, The
Collective
Charulata
Minari
Violation
Defending Your Life
Champagne Murders, The
He Dreams of Giants
Lost in America
Take Back
Honeydew
Banishing, The
Drifters, The
Gushing Prayer
Escape from Coral Cove
Swan Princess, The
Shortcut
Stray
Butterfly Murders, The
Pimp
   
 
Newest Articles
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
   
 
  Tron: Legacy
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, AdventureBuy from Amazon
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 2660 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 probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Stately Wayne Manor
   

 

Last Updated: