Whether it’s Lincoln Square or Hyde Park, River North or Rogers Park, one observes the same thing: Chicagoans loitering around Redboxes and Blockbuster Expresses, trying to decide if that film is worth $1. Well, Chicago, agonize no further, because here this reviewer relays if that movie is, indeed, even worth a buck.
This week’s review of TRON: Legacy marks the return of Jeff Bridges, (TRON, 1982). In TRON: Legacy Bridges continues to play a virtual world designer named Kevin Flynn, (and his alter-ego program, “Clu”), who is literally trapped in a world of his own making. After Flynn’s son Sam, (played by Garrett Hedlund, Four Brothers), stumbles his way into this virtual world where deadly gladiator games are more than a national pastime for its “programs,” Sam works desperately to get himself, his father, (and Quorra, a representative of his father’s “miracle” discovery), out.
Standing in their way, however, is Clu, a rebellious and dangerous “program” created in the likeness of Flynn who has turned against his maker in an effort to create a perfect world. Can Flynn, Sam, and Quorra escape this virtual world gone bad before Clu can stop them and make it out to the real world himself?
Holy Matrix, this is a Disney movie! Darker than most Disney flicks, TRON: Legacy is a cinematic experience that requires its audience to get in to its virtual world or get out. Designed for the IMAX experience, Legacy delivers the same attributes that buzzed around the original TRON: great visuals, good acting, and a simple storyline. If this reviewer could send readers back in time to view this film in IMAX she would, but unfortunately a dark room with a good size screen and decent speakers will have to do. This film is definitely worth the dollar of any moviegoer who is in to cool fight scenes, great visual design, good acting and dialogue, tight and thoughtful editing, (i.e, no unnecessary scenes), and simple, good versus evil storytelling.
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