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"Tron Legacy 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is all grown up now and it has been some time since the sudden disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a genius computer programmer and head of the Encom coporation.  While Sam is now the majority stock holder of the corporation he has never pursued running the company seriously or pursued finding his dad until one day an old friend receives a mysterious page from Kevin's old office at a rundown arcade.  When Sam finally decides to investigate the page he accidentally gets transported to the Grid, a complete digital cyberworld where he finds his father and begins to learn where his father has been for the last 20 years.  After their renunion and after Sam learns how screwed up the Grid is and has become, the two decide they must escape the world and bring with them Quorra (Olivia Wilde) a girl who is the only survivor of a unique breed of creature and can unlock the keys to advancing humanity.

 

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • April 2011, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 5 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, 2.35:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-4AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English, French, Spanish Dolby 5.1
  • Starring:  Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and James Frain
  • Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Rating
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  • Violence:  Yes
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

There are movies that have intricate plots, really good character development, and they make you think deeply and reflect about them after they are over and then there are films that have thinner plots and storylines but are fun to watch because the visuals are intense and the action keeps you at the edge of your seat for the duration of the movie.  Tron Legacy 3D fits into the latter category and is way more style than substance. Most action movies these days come across like you are flipping through a comic book.  You have hero characters, antagonist characters, and some sort of confliction that requires action to be performed in a certain amount of time.  In this case it was for Sam Flynn and his dad to try to escape from the grid and go back through the portal before it closes as well as try to stop Kevin Flynn's clone from bringing his digital army into the material world.  If this movie was stretched out another hour or two and gave more attention to intriguing plot and character development it probably could have been as epic as Star Wars but I'm sure the budget wouldn't allow it.  What you end up with is a film that has stunning visual appeal, impeccable style, and a slightly ho hum story. Jeff Bridges is probably my favorite actor and what little development there is of his "Dude" like character is pretty good, but once again not enough.  The film has an overall dark feel to it and the 3D effects definitely fall into the tasteful and strategically placed category.  Don't expect to watch this movie and have beams of light constantly shooting out into your living room.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of 3D effects but they are done so that they are integrated into the world seamlessly and make watching more of a surreal experience than making it a "Let's try to catch the laser beams!" experience.

Technical

This film is both a video and audio tour de force.  Expect reference level audio and video presentation that will put your home theater equipment through its paces. On the DTS 7.1 Master Audio track, surround and LFE channels are used generously throughout the film and the music presentation is very entertaining.  I would recommend making sure your black level is set correctly on your display because this film has dark and subtle tones throughout.  3D effects are subtle and while there are a few scenes where images like flying Tron discs are popping out of the screen, most of the environment doesn't have extreme depth to it.  The end sequence with the spaceships and Sam Flynn as the ship gunner is really good and the light trails from the spaceships and the intensity of the gun fire is very cool.  This film is an example of "Good" 3D that won't give you a headache and doesn't try to knock you out with right hooks coming out of the screen.

Extras

The extras on this disc are decent for any fans of the series.  Extras include a preview of Disney's animated series Tron: uprising,  a feauturette about how the filmmakers created the digital world of Tron, cast commentary, the ability to watch interactive elements on an Ipad, a featurette about the storyline, a clip about how they got the crowd sound effects, and a music video from Daft Punk.