I first heard about Tron Legacy a year or two ago. All of these people started talking about how exciting it was going to be, and I got incredibly pumped. My wife and I even put the original in our que on Netflix. She had never seen it and it had been quite a long time for me. The original Tron (OT) was very weird. It was a work based in a digital world that, while experienced constantly in today’s world, was brand new and unknown to most of the population at the time that OT came out.
Then I started reading the early reviews. People were really not liking this movie. They talked of horrible plot. But at least it had really cool 3D, they exclaimed. There were a couple of positive reviews, but it seemed to be a miss. I was still intrigued, however, because they said it was too simple of a plot. Critics wrote the same about Avatar, but I still loved Avatar.
I did not love Tron Legacy (TL). If you have not seen this movie yet, most of the rest of this review will be spoilers. But, I still think you should read the review and simply not go to TL.
Problem Number One: The Story
This film was made more than 25 years after OT. The film plays like that amount of time has also passed in the movie’s reality. In the Grid (the “inside the computer” world) Jeff Bridges plays two characters: his human character, Kevin Flynn and a computer program he created called Clu. According to the story, Clu has been trying to capture Kevin for the last 20 years, unsuccessfully, in a computer program that he helped create, where he has absolute power and total control, and a large group of minions that will do his bidding, and Flynn has been living in the same place the whole time, and he was able to track down every single member of an organically created program/species (ISOs), but not Kevin, or even know where he is. That sentence sucks and is really long. Same for the movie.
I wanted to go on to the next problem,but now that I brought up the ISOs, I think they are another fucktard moment for the story. ISOs are isomorphic algorithms. Basically, that means that they are complex mathematical problems. And apparently, they came from the primordial ooze in the Grid. An entire species was created and formed, all at once and only once. You see, Clu saw the ISOs as an imperfection in the system. So he decided to go against his master (Kevin Flynn) and purge the Grid of all ISOs, Robocop style. The ISOs were terminated, and no other ISOs were ever created in the next 20 years, even though they are in the same Grid that created an entire population of them. And apparently, if Kevin Flynn could just move one of these ISOs from the Grid to the real world, it would “change everything.”
Problem Number Two: The Characters
I have already touched on some of the characters and how non-sensical their motivations are. Let’s try some other ones boys and girls.
Kevin Flynn has been trapped in the Grid for over 20 years. In that 20 years he has been hunted and basically excommunicated. Every time that he tries to go to the “main grid” he is chased. Yet he is a laid back, stoner. Does that make any sense to you? Everyone is trying to kill me. I will never see my son again. If I mess up than I will have basically created the destruction of not only the Grid but the real world as well. Cool, lets go smoke some pot. That does not make sense.
Tron is in this movie. In the OT, Tron is Judge Dredd. He hunts down rogue programs and takes care of them. In TL he has become corrupted by Clu and mercilessly hunts down and destroys anyone Clu tells him to. That is of course until the very end of the movie when, for no reason that has been made evident, he “Fights for the USER!” Keep in mind that there was never any indication earlier in the movie that Tron was wavering at all. No hesitation, no regret, no remorse. At this point, the writer obviously knew that people who were watching this movie are stupid. Sitting there, I knew I was stupid to be there.
Problem Three: The Special Effects
OT was created in 1982. At the time it had some crazy visuals that still are eccentric and different to this day. TL “updated” everything that was in OT. Apparently, upgrades in the Grid just get shinier and sleeker. They still had the exact same vehicles. They just looked better. You would think that in a world with the obvious processing power of the Grid, you would be able to create something new. I actually like the outfits from OT better than the costumes from TL. They just tried to make them prettier, instead of coming up with an actual reason for why they look the way they do. In OT, they were white and glowed to signify the sterile and electric nature of computers. In TL, they are made to remind you of OT.
Problem Four: Olivia Wilde Fully Covered From Head to Toe
Tron Legacy should be a lesson on why you should not focus so heavily on look over story and character. Unfortunately, I can’t even call it that because I thought that the overall look was just a flashy gloss to the original and added nothing of its own. Don’t see Tron Legacy.
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