*Originally Posted on June 22, 2011*
Budget: $170 mil
Worldwide gross: $400,062,763
I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the original, which in my opinion was just an okay movie. I don’t know why but I was really excited to see this. I guess we’ll call it a reboot/sequel to the cult classic. Garret Headlum is one of the best you and rising actors in Hollywood, shown in movies like Friday Night Lights and Four Brothers. Granted, the script for Tron: Legacy was just mediocre and some of the lines were cheesy and lame (I’m looking at you Jeff Bridges). However, Headlum does a great job portraying the stereotypical bitter abandoned child who acts out to cover his pain. What’s really good about this movie are the visuals. In 2D you get this sleek modern world with light used to extenuate certain aspects. Now, 3D in my opinion is completely overused and unnecessary. There are only a few films in which I found that the 3D actually contributed to the experience, which include UP and Toy Story 3. However, I will now add Tron to that list. In Legacy Sam Flynn, Jeff Bridges son is sucked into the grid, where he finds his dad has been trapped the twenty years he has been missing. Inside the grid, KLU, a program Flynn made to make the perfect system has taken his mission to the extreme by tying to eliminate all the users (humans) and expand to the real world by escaping the grid. Legacy subtly incorporates themes such as man vs. machine and the definition of perfection without laying it on too thick. On the surface Legacy may just seem like an action blockbuster but what people will find is that it’s a smart, well-planned homage to the original that fans and new audiences can enjoy. This is one of my favorite films of 2010.