Ever filled out a fraud report for your credit card? Well, I just did and it makes me feel like Jodie Foster in "The Accused." Ok, that's WAY too strong of a comparison, but I do feel very invaded personally. Apparently, some jerkweed used my credit card number to get a cash advance from a B of A in Southern California. Considering, I don't bank at B of A, never go to their ATMs or bank locations, and haven't been to Southern California in a few years, it felt none too great that this happened. Luckily, my credit card company was understanding and gave me a credit and had me fill out the aforementioned fraud report. I also put a fraud alert on my Social Security number just to be sure. If I ever catch this thief, I will have my vengeance. In this life or the next!!!
Enough of that. Let's talk about "Tron: Legacy." Why? Well, because I had some tacos and beer from the local restaurant "Tacos & Beer" and then went to see the new "Tron" movie. I'll keep the spoilers to a minimum- hopefully.
Right off the bat, the absolute best part of the movie is the soundtrack. Daft Punk created a highly retro but thumping soundtrack that really pits you in the 1982 mind frame. I don't even typically listen to that kind of music, but I will be acquiring the "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack. It is quite good.
The second thing on the list of good things about this movie is the immersive environment of "The Grid." This is where all the famous disc throwing and light bike racing occurs. The special effects are well done and, to be honest, the color coding of good guys and bad guys made it easy to tell who was who.
The third thing that I enjoyed where the women in the movie. Excellent job with the casting! I remember the blond girl from being Vince's lame hippie girlfriend on "Entourage" but she is much hotter in this movie. I suppose a skin tight suit and no wheat-grass shots helped out quite a bit. I don't think I've ever seen the dark haired actress that played Quorra, but she was quite hot as well. Between the ladies and the special effects, this was an easy movie to look at.
Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund both did a strong job with the material they were given. Of course, we're talking about a sequel to a 1982 cult Sci-Fi classic that is now supposed to be a big blockbuster. This type of movie could get ridiculous in a hurry, but it was fairly well grounded. It also helped that about 90% of the movie takes place at "The Grid" unlike the original that takes FOREVER to get to the cool computer game parts. The movie is a bit cheesy, but if one is looking for Sci-Fi entertainment, this is not a bad way to go.
Some of the bad things I won't mention because they are pretty deep into the movie and I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say there is an unjustified change of heart by one of the characters that makes no sense near the end of the movie. It doesn't kill anything for me, but I definitely thought, "That's odd..."
They also build up what they define at the beginning of the movie as "The Miracle" and talk about how it will change politics, religion and the very fabric of humanity. Pretty bold statements for something that will never even be close to being explained during the movie. My problem is that they mention it multiple times, almost beating the audience over the head with this idea, and the movie makes never had any intention of answer or even hinting at how this was possible. I know the script writers also wrote for LOST, but damn guys- so many questions with no answers doesn't work as well in this type of a movie.
Overall, I would say I was entertained. My BIGGEST gripe is not with the movie, but with the movie industry. I saw the movie in 3D. I paid the extra surcharge for the glasses and was it really worth it? Not at all. 2D would've been fine. By the way, thank you for encouraging me to "Be Green and Return My Glasses After The Movie." SCREW YOU. I will not. And do you know why? If you really wanted us to "Be Green," there would be a way for us to buy our own 3D glasses, bring them to the theater and avoid the surcharge. Since you FORCE the audience to buy the glasses every time, I will not be recycling my glasses. Once you stop this money making scheme, I will be more than happy to bring my own glasses and enjoy a "Being Green" discount. Jerks.
TRON: LEGACY final grade: B+ (Entertaining, great special effects, decent story- unnecessary 3D.)