Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tron: Legacy Preview - Let's Hope There's More

OCT 30, 2010 - The 3D preview footage of Tron: Legacy, presented to the media and fans last Thursday at GSC 1 Utama and elsewhere, basically does what it was supposed to do: stir up curiosity and excitement before its release in Malaysia on December 16.

The movie is directed by Joseph Kosinski

from the script by Steven Lisberger, Richard Jeffries, Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal, Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Bill Wheeler.

The earlier part of the 23-minute 'trailer' is in 2D but when the 3-D footage comes on, it is visually stunning as we are introduced to the new hero Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) and the world of Tron, a computer programme. The 28-year difference in the time frame between the original Tron and this 'sequel' is easily explained away before we get right into the action that recalls that of Matrix.

A beautiful woman/line of code named Quorra (Olivia Wilde), who arrives to help Sam find his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges, playing the original film's central character) reminds us of Carrie Ann Moss's Trinity. However, compared to current CG films like Transformers, the tone is rather bland. Most of the sequences are drenched in dull blue - and then action is rather devoid of humour, very unlike a Disney movie. Geeky fanboys may lap up the nostalgia value, especially its hot bikes, but I expect more from a Christmas outing.

Let's hope there's something more hidden inside its gift wrap when Tron: Legacy opens.


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