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Tron: Legacy (**)
directed by Joseph Kosinski
written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz from a story by Adam Klugman and Lee Stemthal based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird
Principal Cast
Jeff Bridges -- Kevin Flynn / Clu
Garrett Hedlund -- Sam Flynn
Olivia Wilde -- Quorra
Bruce Boxleitner -- Alan Bradley / Tron
James Frain -- Jarvis
Beau Garrett -- Gem
Michael Sheen -- Castor / Zuse
Anis Cheurfa -- Rinzler
Ratings are based on Rick's four star system.
One star - the commercials are more entertaining than the viewing.
Two stars - watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars - good solid entertainment.
Four stars - you never dreamed viewing could be this good.
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A review by Rick Norwood

Tron: Legacy Mostly I was bored.

Catching the many quotes, visual and verbal, from old SF movies ("The only way to win is to refuse to play.") provided limited amusement.

Tron: Legacy is essentially about a stock character (rebellious teen abandoned by father) fighting meaningless battles (I can throw a Frisbee faster than you can) amid 3D special effects that are supposed to be awesome but aren't.

When, at the beginning, they flash the message that some scenes were intentionally in 2D I thought, "Cool, 2D scenes as a special effect in a 3D movie." But it wasn't cool. I have no inside information but my best guess is that the original idea was to film our world in 2D and the CGI world in 3D. Then they tried it out on a test audience in Plattsburg and the audience felt cheated having to wait so long for the 3D effects, so they added a 3D action sequence on the front end that has nothing to do with the plot.

I enjoyed the original Tron. If I watched it now, I might be as bored as I was with the sequel. I was going to watch it before I saw the sequel, but the DVD is $99.99 on, so I decided to wait for the rerelease.

I did enjoy seeing Bruce Boxleitner again.

Copyright © 2011 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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