Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tron: Legacy

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Plot: A young man enters a computer world where his father was imprisoned years before, and battles computerized enemies to escape, with a girl he met there, to the real world.

Review: It is interesting to think about what it is like to live in a mathematical computer world, and Tron imagines a story there -- with a plot line and villains. The story only makes sense in a Science Fiction way, but it keeps our characters moving. There is a strong good guy/bad guy element to the story. Very little time is spent on the motivation for the villains. 

The visuals are interesting, much better than the trailer, which did not do a good job of showing off some of the art direction. There were a few excellent scenes like Zeus' disco, and some of the driving sequences. 

It is escapist fun, and I don't this there is a central morale, although one could write a thesis on all the threads of meaning.  Clearly the importance of the father/son relationship was there, and a basic battle between organic life and computerized perfection. Although organic life is the good side, the movie's Sci-Fi fanbase are going be rooting for the computer. There were multiple yoga references in the film, and as with The Matrix, in that the world is not actually real.

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Oliva Wilde

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Rating: 2.5 stars -- maybe just a little better than that.

More: Quorra is the main the romantic interest for Sam, and she is both really cute and a computer program. To keep Quorra and Sam's relationship from being creepy -- like falling in love with a sex-bot -- she needed to be 'Special.' The eight writers that Disney hired must have labored hard to fix this.  Their solution is awkward and hard to explain, they created a class of computer being that springs organically from the computerized utopia that the elder Flynn created. It takes a long time to realize that Quorra is the last one of these computer-angel creatures, and therefore super-special.

Even More: See my other Blog for a Quorra action figure.

Yet More: What will the sequel be like? Will it be in the real world?

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