TL;DR – An exploration of a film that effortless blends music, visuals, story, and passion into something that is greater in almost every way.
There are some movies that just touch you in your heart, you can’t really explain why? They just fill you with joy and no matter how many times you have watched it, you are always ready to crack open that DVD/BluRay/digital copy/whatever and give it another watch. For me, one such film is Tron: Legacy, it is the hill I am ready to die on and I love it with all my heart.
So to set the scene, in the years since the first Tron, there has been joy and tragedy. Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has become CEO of ENCOM International and had a son Sam (Owen Best). However, tragedy struck and took his wife away. Flynn refocused his work and made a huge discovery, something that would change everything but days after finding it out he disappears leaving Sam an orphan. Years later Sam (Garrett Hedlund) has grown up but while he is the main shareholder of the company he basically leaves ENCOM alone, bar the yearly prank, which this year involves sneaking into the company releasing their new software for free and then base jumping off the top of the tower. This might be a big joke for Sam but is not for Kevin’s old friend and Sam’s mentor Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner). He lets Sam know that he got a page from his father, the first communication since he disappeared. It came from the old arcade, so Sam goes to investigate and finds more than he bargains when he gets transported into the world of the computer and discovers all is not well on the Grid.
TL;DR – While it has all the components for a good film, it feels like it is spending more of its time imitating than driving its own course.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
This is an interesting time for the action films, there are spaces where it is
showing brand new filmmaking techniques,
films that build tension as I have never
seen, or simply shots where you go, how did they get that? Unfortunately, today
I am not looking at a film like that, because today we review one of the most
paint-by-numbers films I have seen in a very long time.
So the set the scene, we open in Colombia where Pope (Oscar Isaac) works as an ‘independent
observer’ helping the local police take down one of the local drug cartels.
While there he becomes friendly with a local informant Yovanna (Adria Arjona)
who lets him know how to get to Gabriel Martin Lorez (Reynaldo Gallegos) the
local big bad. This is not a mission that he can pull off alone, nor does he
want to involve the locals because they might tip his hand. So instead, he goes
back to the States to recruit his old military Special Forces team. Redfly (Ben
Affleck) now sells condos … badly and can barely keep his head above water
after the divorce, Ironhead (Charlie Hunnam) spends all his time giving talks
to military trainees, and his brother Ben (Garrett Hedlund) is now an MMA fighter, and Catfish (Pedro Pascal) can
no longer fly planes after an incident. Together they go down to provide expert
reconnaissance, and maybe a bit more than just that.