I realized I haven't done a movie review since Pandorum and I had just saw Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D, along with the first one from 1982 like an hour before Legacy premiered. So while I'm still on the Tron high, the Jeff Bridges awesomeness and drooling over Oliva Wilde's hawtness, lets review this bad boy!
For twenty years, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges), an innovative software programmer and former CEO of ENCOM International. Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), Kevin's friend and now an executive consultant to ENCOM, goes to Sam's home and suggests he investigate a mysterious page that originated from a number at Flynn's abandoned arcade, one that has long been disconnected. While exploring the arcade, Sam discovers a hidden passage leading to a computer lab beneath the arcade. As he attempts to recreate what his father was doing by calling up the command logs and reissuing the last command entered, he activates a digitizing laser which transports him to The Grid, a virtual domain existing inside the computer system.
For those who have seen the original Tron, the games you remember are back and look better than ever before, and are also a lot more ridiculously dangerous and awesome. The disc battles were some of my favorite scenes, especially since they were so much more complex. But everyone's favorite was no doubt the Light Cycle battle. Sam and 4 other programs must survive against Clu's team in a dangerous 5 on 5 battle where everyone is making everyone else crash into each other and basically deleting them from existence.
One thing that caught me completely off guard while watching the movie was the Kevin Flynn/Clu's younger appearance was completely CGI'd. He looked so real and I thought it was some really awesome bot-ox special grade make-up to make him look young. Sure Jeff Bridges isn't what he was once back in 1982 and it was needed to do the flash backs and the introduction scene that took place in 1989, but it also worked to distinguish the real older Flynn from Clu as the story progressed. This treatment was also given to Bruce Boxleitner when portraying Alex Bradley's avatar Tron in The Grid.
Also, Daft Punk cameo fuck yea. The ultimate mp3 programs in existence. They appear in the bar/club scene with creepy cane guitar guy from the trailer. And speaking of Daft Punk, their score for the movie was spectacular. I found the leak that I had talked about some posts ago and had a lot of time to enjoy and savor the techno and spectacular electronic orchestra mixture. It is personally my favorite cross over mixture of music genres. But even dismissing my already biased opinion, it is an amazing soundtrack and I give props to the duo for making the movie sound awesome.
Overall, this is a must see movie, I recommend it, hell I recommend it with the IMAX 3D treatment. its well worth the $20, something I was hoping I wasn't going to regret. You don't need to necessarily watch the first Tron to get the story, it helps with some rather minor details but the story is pretty independent from its predecessor and can be understood without the first one. If you really must watch it, then go for it. I did!
I rate this move 9/10. Why not a 10/10? There is no such thing as a perfect movie. Tron Legacy had its faults and all that I can't discuss because of plot spoilerage and all but it is still such an awesome movie.
If the movie becomes a huge success, there is a possibility of yet another sequel. Forgot the source but thats what I read. Enjoy the movie!