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Tron: Legacy was really overlooked

There were many impressive aspects of Tron: Legacy

By: Jake Rajala

In the eyes of so many movie critics, screen viewers, and entertainment gossipers, the high-grossing film Tron: Legacy was seen as a disappointment. In retrospect, some might say John Carter is 1A, while Tron: Legacy is 1B. It’s an unusual notion that the action-packed film from 2010 could garner soft praise.

I believe that the sequel to Tron didn’t match the same expectations as the first Tron movie collected, but it was a worthy follow-up. Here is a recap of what took place in the first film.

The first Tron movie would nicely take place in the same year as the first Blade Runner, which was 1982. The Tron movie was the first film to use computer-generated graphics. So, one could say it was a bit of a “revolutionary” movie. The sci-fi movie revolves around a talented software engineer named Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges), who wants to shut down a gaming network stolen from him by a man named Dillinger. He attempts to break into the building with help from a couple of friends and shut down his old, stolen work. Out of nowhere, Flynn gets confronted by a security system in the building and he’s turned into data. 

Flynn must overthrow the ruler in this cyberspace world and prevent him from using his power in the “cloud” to hack into systems like the Pentagon. It’s a battle of two different realities: the digital world and the real world. 

Of course, the next film would talk about the story of the son of Flynn and his quest into an alternate reality. 

The futuristic film truly kept viewers on their feet, created intense emotion with Quorra (aka Harry Styles’s girlfriend), Sam Flynn, and of course the man in the shadow: Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). The acting was phenomenal from start to finish, the graphics were out of this world (yes, it’s a cheesy pun), and the twists late in the movie were exceptional.

The young Flynn was really a character that the audience could grow with and even relate to. He made mistakes early in his life, the boy was stubborn, and he yielded a deep interest in his family. Later in the movie, we witness the character strongly mature, become more knowledgeable of his family, and pick an independent, righteous side.

Quorra was a very underrated character and she doesn’t get enough credit for the strong-willed, witty acting she pulls off. We also see her open up and be more emotional towards Flynn. The actor and actress pack a serious punch.

I love that the Joseph Kosinski directed also features Daft Punk in its film. They uplifted the movie with their stellar alternative beats and jelled right in with the inspirational visual effects. If you haven’t heard of Daft Punk, I’ll forgive you.

So, you’ve heard a few bright sides of the intriguing movie that’s not represented right from a decade ago. What could be on the opposite side of the aisle? Well, a couple of the concerns are strange & mind-boggling.

The belief that Tron has poor acting is a horrid, yet common take. I believe it was risky to have a highly anticipated role handed to mostly unknown Garrett Hedlund. Still, I would say he was tense, empathetic, and bold in the process. There was also a strong sense of hate because “the movie came out late”. I find the concept of Tron’s sequel coming out late as rubbish. That is a putrid whack at a movie that didn’t keep some if its well-regarded sources from 1982. The wise Tron stans in the verse know that Tron: Legacy produced a quality piece and the ousted enough reminiscing moments should really be remembered.

I just hope (like millions of others) that the next Tron comes out in this decade.

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