Saturday, October 22, 2011

TRON: Legacy (2010)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (7.0).

This sci-fi film, much more fast-paced and action-oriented than the original TRON, is an audiovisual treat that almost deserves (in good ways and bad ways) to be called SHINY THINGS: THE MOVIE.  And yet the plot is actually pretty decent, especially by Hollywood standards, despite having a few holes and other issues.  In some ways, the movie is a dark mirror of the original movie: the programs' changed religious views, the updated virtual world being heavily informed by cyberpunk, and Daft Punk's high-energy thumping action soundtrack are all a sharp contrast with TRON.  Which is kind of a shame at times: the sequel is so focused on being dark and sleek that it manages to feel shallower than the simple-but-earnest predecessor, even though this film clearly received a more careful analysis of the meaning and symbolism going into it.  In particular, the final resolution of TRON feels much more powerful than anything this film accomplishes; this film talks a bigger talk than TRON, but it doesn't bother showing us why the events matter because it wouldn't look stylish.  That said... while the first film was better storytelling, if nothing else you should watch the sequel right away for the visuals and the music, which are approaching the low end of Matrix territory and will probably grace the audiovisual vocabulary of future films.  Score: 4 stars out of 4, but one start is just for the shinies and another star is for the expected cultural importance.

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