Saturday, December 18, 2010
Best to avoid Tron: Legacy
While the plot, and the rules of the digital world make no sense, I found it more offensive that the special effects and production design were incredibly boring and derivative. While the first Tron featured groundbreaking production design from visionary artists, Tron: Legacy has nothing you haven't seen before, and most of the sets, designs, set-pieces, and even dialogue are lifted from other movies (Wargames, Blade Runner, 2001, the original Tron).
Finally it's oddly grisly for a PG movie. Limbs are severed, combatants are decapitated, and characters dissolve into gouts of electronic blood, and cubes of digital gore. A scene of a woman sobbing as she held the remains of a slaughter loved one felt particularly excessive, and tone-deaf.
It's not Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, bad, but it's best avoided. I did enjoy the Cillian Murphy cameo.
I'm also apparently allergic to Real3D, as it gave me a blinding headache, but that's for another post.