22 December 2010

Tron Legacy 18/12/10

On Saturday night I went and saw Tron: Legacy in 3D on my own (because I'm awesome) and all I can say is WOW! So here is a mini-review.


PLOT: (stolen from Wikipedia... because I'm too lazy to write my own)

SPOILER ALERT!
In 1989, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), an innovative software engineer and the CEO of ENCOM International, tells his eight-year-old son Sam (Owen Best) about a new "digital frontier" he has created called The Grid, a virtual domain existing inside the ENCOM mainframe. Kevin tells Sam of the two programs helping him, Tron and Clu. Tron keeps The Grid secure, while Clu is tasked with creating the perfect system.
Twenty years later, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), haunted by Flynn's mysterious disappearance, investigates a page from his father's friend and ENCOM executive Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) that originated from a supposedly disconnected number at Flynn's long-shuttered arcade. Exploring the arcade, Sam discovers a concealed door leading to a computer laboratory in the basement. Attempting to discover what his father was doing by calling up the command logs and reissuing the last command entered Sam activates a digitizing laser which transports him to The Grid.
Sam is captured and taken to the game arena where he receives combat armor and an identity storage battle disc from four Sirens, including Gem (Beau Garrett). When Sam attempts to escape he is pitted against Rinzler, a master of the games, who discovers that Sam is not a program, but a User. Sam is taken to Clu, who Sam initially believes is his father. Clu brings Sam into a Light Cycle match with several other programs, and Sam is nearly killed before Quorra (Olivia Wilde) rescues him, taking him to a distant hideout in the Off-Grid Outlands. There, he is reunited with his father Kevin. It is revealed that during The Grid's development the so-called "isomorphic algorithms" (ISOs) manifested out with the potential to unlock mysteries in almost every field of science, religion and medicine. Clu saw the ISOs as imperfect beings and following his programming, betrayed both Kevin and Tron and seized control over The Grid. He then systematically eliminated all ISOs. It is further revealed that the portal to the real world, which takes massive amounts of energy to sustain, cannot be open indefinitely and ultimately closes; it can only be opened from the outside.
Quorra reveals that Kevin can choose to "re-integrate" with Clu at any time, but that the process would destroy them both. Seeing how determined Sam is to go back, Quorra tells him about a program called Zuse who she believes may be able to provide safe passage out of The Grid. Using Flynn’s Light Cycle to travel back onto The Grid, Sam changes identities before the vehicle is detained. While searching for Zuse, Sam encounters Gem, who tells Sam she can lead him to the person he needs to find.
At the End of Line Club, the club owner Castor (Michael Sheen) is revealed to be Zuse, but turns against Sam. Kevin and Quorra arrive to rescue Sam, and Quorra is severely injured when her arm is derezzed. They escape but Kevin's disc is seized by Castor. Kevin, Sam and Quorra are nearly killed when the elevator they are on plummets from the End of Line club. Kevin uses his system creator powers to bring all to a gentle stop. Castor bargains with Clu to be given administration over the city for Kevin’s disc, but Clu takes the disc and destroys the club, derezzing Castor and Gem. Stowing away on a Solar Sailer transport ship, Kevin heals Quorra, now revealed to be the last surviving ISO, bringing her back online. As the ship approaches the portal, Sam and Quorra have a conversation in which Quorra expresses her desire to witness the real world, particularly the sun.
All ultimately arrive at a station within a massive warship. Trying to avoid detection, they encounter Rinzler. Giving her identity disc to Kevin, Quorra attempts to sacrifice herself as a distraction so that Sam and Kevin may safely reach the portal, but she is instead taken captive by Rinzler. Watching Quorra's capture, Kevin sees Rinzler and immediately recognizes him as Tron, reprogrammed to serve Clu. Clu reveals his plans to use Kevin's disc as a means of sending himself and his army into the real world in order to "perfect" it. While Kevin commandeers a flyer, Sam saves Quorra and retakes Kevin's disc.
They head for the portal, pursued by Clu, his guards and Rinzler using Light Jets. Between Quorra's evasive flying and Sam manning a rear turret, they manage to shoot down most of their opponents, leaving only Clu and Rinzler. As their flyer takes damage, Rinzler makes eye contact with Kevin. Rinzler suddenly remembers his original identity as Tron and purposely collides with Clu's Light-Jet. As Clu and Tron fall towards the digital Sea of Simulation, Clu manages to steal Tron's spare Light Jet and continues his pursuit, while Tron sinks into the sea, his red markings fading out to be replaced with his original white.
As Sam, Kevin and Quorra reach the portal, they see their way blocked by Clu. Clu seizes the identity disc from Kevin and is horrified to discover it is actually Quorra's disc. Kevin uses his powers as the creator of the Grid to hold Clu back, and ultimately sacrifices himself by re-integrating with Clu. The two merge and explode as Sam and Quorra transport through the portal back to the real world. While in the basement of Flynn's arcade Sam saves a backup of The Grid on a flashdrive, shuts the server down and meets Alan upstairs. Sam tells Alan he will start working at ENCOM on Monday, and as the controlling interest shareholder of ENCOM, he will name Alan chairman of the board. Sam finds Quorra outside and she asks what they will do now. Sam then takes her on a ride on his motorcycle, showing Quorra the real world.
END OF SPOILERS!

WHAT I LIKED:
X - The epic soundtrack from Daft Punk. Never been a fan of Daft Punk, but I bought the soundtrack when it was released and had been listening to it heaps before I saw the film. It's good, but when you hear it in the movie it's EPIC. And the Daft Punk cameo was exciting.

X - Michael Sheen as Castor. I knew it was him straight away (admittaly because the night before I had watched Twilight New Moon (so embarrassed to actually mention that out loud) and I actually dreamt about Aro Volturi, who is also played by Michael Sheen.



Anyway... I feel an obsession starting. May need to rent some more Michael Sheen films :)

X - Cillian Murphy cameo :)

It was so good. You have to see it NOW!

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