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TRON:

by

Jeff Nelson

TRON: Legacy has an outstanding soundtrack with great visuals, but that can only carry a film so far when it has an inadequate script.

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There are multiple things that create a good film. It's disappointing that there are so many films nowadays that mainly focus on the visuals and put little or no effort to the story, characters, or any depth. The original TRON is loved by many moviegoers, but is this a worthy sequel?

While investigating the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin, techie Sam Flynn lands in a computerized world of enslaved gladiators, where his dad has been trapped for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, the plot in this didn't have much thought put into it. The dialogue is that very cheesy and the cliché dialogue definitely stands out. All of the major events in the film are predictable. The movie as a whole feels a bit long as it drags at times. During the action scenes, it's highly entertaining, but often feels like too much time is spent on characters talking about past events and how The Grid was created. More thought needed to be put into the dialogue.

In TRON: Legacy, there is more a mix of good and bad acting rather than a bad cast. Jeff Bridges puts on what is easily the best performance of the film as Kevin Flynn and Clu. However, given that the dialogue is weak, even the best performance of the movie isn't very good. Garrett Hedlund does a suitable job, but doesn't do very much to make Sam Flynn multi-dimensional. Olivia Wilde's performance as Quorra is decent. Kevin Flynn and Quorra are perhaps the only characters that the audience will have sympathy for since they feel the most genuine. The entire cast except Bridges and Wilde don't create any type of depth for their characters or cause the audience to have any emotion toward the characters.

With the writing being poor and only two of the actors pulling through, the strong points of the film are the visuals and the score. I chose to view the 2D version instead of the 3D, so I cannot speak for those visuals. As for the battles, they all look incredible. Throughout the film, there are flashbacks to when Kevin Flynn wasn't trapped in The Grid and was much younger. A lot of CGI was used on Jeff Bridges in order to make him look a lot younger. The CGI works for Clu's face, which is Flynn when he was younger, but looks fake during the flashbacks. Now, to bring up the best part of the entire film. The soundtrack created by Daft Punk is spectacular. It fits the atmosphere of the film perfectly. Make sure that if you decide to see this on the big screen to see it in a theatre with the best sound system possible. This soundtrack is sure to rattle your seat and leave you in awe.

There are movies where you're meant to turn off your mind and just have a blast. However, I was hoping for something a little bit more than just great visuals and soundtrack from this movie. I was wishing that the dialogue would improve over the course of the film, but it never did. It's not a bad movie, but it's not a very good one either. It's just around, if not slightly below average. TRON: Legacy has an outstanding soundtrack with great visuals, but that can only carry a film so far when it has an inadequate script.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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