Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Tron: Legacy

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Profanity:Brief mild language
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking in bar
Violence/Scariness:Fantasy/action/sci-fi peril and violence
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:December 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:April 5, 2011
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Profanity: Brief mild language
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: Drinking in bar
Violence/Scariness: Fantasy/action/sci-fi peril and violence
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: December 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011

Here’s all you need to know about the stars: Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner return as Kevin and Alan and their avatar/doubles, CLU and Tron. They are joined by Garrett Hedlund as Kevin’s son, Sam, and Olivia Wilde as Quorra, a resident of the alternate universe on the other side of a portal called The Grid.

Here’s all you need to know about the plot: Sam goes into The Grid looking for his father, there are some fights and races and chases and discussions of meta-reality and the perfection of imperfection, and some more chases.

Now, let’s get to what we’re really here for — the eye candy.

Twenty-eight years ago Disney released “Tron,” a sci-fi saga about two men sucked into a computer game. The plot was murky but the design was sharp and the computer-generated effects were innovative, and later received an Oscar for technical achievement. It was a modest success on release, inspired future Pixar wizard John Lasseter and led to some popular computer games. Its effects now seem quaintly primitive, but it is still remembered fondly by fanboys, gamers, and Comic-Con attendees.

Advertisement

Time for a sequel, with another great leap forward, technically, at least. Actually, it is many leaps forward, even past “Avatar,” whose envelope-pushing cameras they used — after they tricked them up a little more. And the technical term for what they have produced is: Wowza.

Fasten your seatbelts.

Kevin somehow lives in a preposterously zen apartment with a lot of gleaming surfaces and aerodynamic curves, everything in cool shades of gray, but on his shelves are old, high touch leather-bound books like Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island with the jewel-like cover illustration by N.C. Wyeth. Then things really go over the top with a rave scene in a dementedly decadent disco, hosted by a flamboyant “Cabaret”-style emcee played by Michael Sheen with hat and cane. His eyes glitter and the curve of his nose is so impossibly perfect it might be another architectural flourish.

In IMAX 3D you will feel like you, too, have entered the grid, as the screen shifts from 2D to 3D when Sam crosses through the portal. And in a way, you have, to a world where the imperfect may not be perfect, but it is fun to watch.

  • Alicia

    Great review, Nell! You make me want to see this movie, even though until now I had no interest in it. (And I’m not that crazy about 3-D.)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Alicia, I don’t think it’s your kind of movie, but you might enjoy it just for the experience, especially if you let go of the idea of the story and just drink in the design.

  • Bill Unger

    Just curious why the lowest recommended age is Middle School. I was considering taking my 6 year old son this weekend based on the parental reviews on IMDB ( we saw Last Airbender and Sourcerer’s Apprentice and those were okay for him ) and was just curious…

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Every child is different, Bill, so trust your judgment. For me, this was a more intense and violent film than “Last Airbender” and “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” especially in 3D. If you take him, let me know how he handles it.

  • letin

    We just went to see it. Our 11 yr old and 7 yr old really liked it. Based on your review we saw it at the IMAX 3-D, which is rare for us. We really enjoyed the movie. Prior to seeing it, we first saw Tron at home. My husband saw it back in the 80’s but I never did. We wanted our kids to get a feel for it. I think that really help them appreciate it.
    Call me crazy, but I think I saw a small homage to Star Wars in certain scences. Also, it was interesting seeing a 1980’s Jeff Bridges throughout the movie.
    Thks for the review. We can always count on you.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks so much, letin! I’m glad you and your family enjoyed the film and I am sure it helped that you watched the first one before going to see it. You’re right about the homage to “Star Wars” and other classic sci-fi films as well. I much appreciate your kind words and send all best wishes for a happy and healthy year for you and your family.

Previous Posts

Interview: Rachel Hendrix of "77 Chances"
Rachel Hendrix plays Mac in the faith-based romantic film "77 Chances." It's a "Groundhog Day"-style story about a young man who feels lost ...

posted 3:39:15pm Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Tribute: Oliver Sacks
We mourn the passing of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who illuminated the workings of the brain and set an example of grace and compassion that extended to the way he shared his thoughts about his terminal diagnosis. I first learned ...

posted 9:17:46am Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Three Hundred Year-Old Actors Are Still Working
Scott Feinberg talked to three actors with a combined age of 302 for The Hollywood Reporter. Patricia Morison (age 100), Norman Lloyd (age 100) and Connie Sawyer (age 102) shared memories and offered tips. All are in good health. “I ...

posted 3:32:48pm Aug. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Youth with Michael Caine
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T7CM4di_0c[/youtube] Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is ...

posted 3:25:22pm Aug. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Worst Accents in Movies
Thanks to Indiewire for including me in this great rundown of the all-time worst movie accents. Critics vented frustration and fury, many picking Quentin Tarantino and Dick van Dyke, but I went with two actors who played Robin ...

posted 2:13:18pm Aug. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.