Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, 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, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a vi...more
Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, 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, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. less
“Strictly for those who loves sci-fi epics and find solace in video-games or alike”
One small factoid - we all have been going gaga over Wi-Fi for the past 5 years or so. Jeff Bridges however, thought of it way back in 1985 itself. Poor guy was trapped inside a computer since then, otherwise life would have been better for our parents too.
Another big (& true) factoid - Jeff Bridges was a young man back in 1982, when Tron was released. And in Tron:Legacy, the younger guy you get to see is a technological marvel. This knowledge is necessary to completely appreciate the effort which has gone behind making this film, and the truthfulness of the crew towards the script - in India, he would have undergone plastic surgery instead.
Tron is a treat for all science fiction afficionados, as the sci-fi is central to the plot, unlike other movies where it actually facilitates storytelling (examples - Freaky Friday, Hot Chick, Click). Combine with it an absolutely awesome soundtrack (composed by electronic music duo Daft Punk), and the movie turns into a piece of art. The story is somewhat complex, and requires knowledge of the previous film too.
Back in 1982, Kevin Flynn(Jeff Bridges) was a computer programmer who worked for a company named Encom. Flynn's programs were however stolen by Gillinger, who became the company's CEO and implemented the powerful Master Control Program (with Artificial Intelligence). The MCP slowly took over complete control of the Company's systems by blackmailing Gillinger. When Flynn (who had since then left the company and started running his own video game arcade) tried to hack into the system to get proof of his ownership over one popular game, he was pulled inside the system(called the GRID) by the MCP. Flynn, as his digital avatar Clu, soon finds out that all programs are human-like inside the GRID, and programs which are not found useful have to fight it out in an arena (the one losing gets killed or de-resolutioned). With the help of 2 programs created by friends Allen and Lora, he succeeds in destroying the MPC and getting the proof he needs.
Now, it appears that Flynn went missing sometime in 1985, and his son Sam enters the Grid following a message which appears to have come from his father. What happens next is left for the reader to find out.
All's not well, still. The film is plagued by a couple of issues. The first one is the extremely dim lighting throughout. The real world scenes have all been shot at night, and the scenes inside the Grid are too dark. This makes it quite straining for the eyes (my eyes hurt even at the time of writing). Add to it the fact that the movie is 3D, which makes the end result even dimmer. I was quite tempted at times to remove the 3D spectacles at times. The older one was brighter and more vivid, and I see no reason why this one couldn't have worked with a few more lightbulbs. Maybe the light-cycles and lightsuits required the dark.
The second problem is with inefficient utilization of 3D itself. Real life is 2D, and even when it is three-dimensional, there are no special effects. People go to watch 3D with the expectation of seeing things flying at them, which happens rarely. In fact the best use of 3D was in the Walt Disney logo, which appeared at the beginning.
Engrossing and unique cinema (not much 3D, but) with bikes to die for (from Ducati to Light-Cycles). Highly recommended, but better save money and eyesight by watching it in plain ol' fashioned 2D.
PS - Michael Sheen absolutely rocks in the 10 minute cameo !!!