A sequel to the 1982 Disney sci-fi film Tron, that pioneered CGI animation. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges, returning from the original), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), Sam and Kevin embark on a life-and-death journey across that black cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
NB: Aaron Yap saw the IMAX 3D version of this film.... More
Tron’s legacy is probably exactly this: CGI-pumped event movies promising thrilling state-of-the-art-everything at the expense of decent storytelling, engaging characters, or a reason for being, other than to showcase expensive, groundbreaking tech. With that in mind, Joseph Kosinski’s reboot-cum-sequel of Steven Lisberger’s 1982 cult artefact is a slam-dunk, visually leaps and bounds over its predecessor’s 1.0 then-revolutionary effects. It allows more choreographic dimension and flexibility to the film’s light-cycle races and disc-throwing gladiatorial battles that weren’t possible 30 years ago. And those moments when Legacy opens up to IMAX proportions, we again get flashes of the format’s immersive potential to generate a heart-thumping kick to the system.
But let’s face it: it’s a lame movie. The skin-tight, posterior-shaping neon-striped suits and twirling light trails might look a tad jazzier, but Legacy’s upgrade only amplifies the lameness of the original minus its time-capsule likeability. It’s a glorified motion-master ride that discharges levels of cornea abuse and motion nausea that bring back memories of the Wachowskis’ misbegotten Speed Racer. But whereas that film sporadically pushed the edge of taste and sanity to qualify as some kind of must-see misfire, Legacy is just two hours of oppressive, arbitrarily plotted dullness. Miscast lead Hedlund is in serious need of a personality transplant, forcing Bridges (x2) to do the heavy lifting and make any of the father-son heart-to-hearts even remotely matter.Hide
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But who cares what the actors are saying when you are looking at something so freaking awesome! And... More the soundtrack makes the film all that much more engrossing. GO see it, just for the Light Cycles!Hide
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