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Wednesday, December 29th 2010 / Blog

Tron Legacy - Movie review

Yesterday I wrote a review of the original Tron movie and today my Wife and I went to see Tron Legacy. I'll write my review of the movie in two parts since this is my first time ever watching a 3D movie so I'll briefly say what I thought of the 3D and then what I thought of the movie.

I have to admit that during the pre-movie trailers and advertisements I was less than impressed with the 3D effects, they seemed un-needed and some of them simply didn't look quite right. The Real-D trailer however was pretty awesome (and it is designed to show off what the 3D technology can do).

After watching the movie I have to say I was quite impressed by the use of 3D throughout, it was primarily used in the action scenes but there were also a few other very fancy uses of it which were much more subtle.

One part of the movie shows Jeff Bridges surrounded by a smoke cloud, it literally loooked like the smoke was filling the room which I thought was very cool. Even cooler than many of the 3D parts while on the light cycles and fight scenes.

I'm looking forward to seeing more movies in 3D but unless I think it'll 'fit' with the movie I'd usually opt for the old fashioned 2D showings where available.

As for the movie itself, I thought it was pretty awesome. You don't need to know much about the previous movie as much of the back-story is explained anyway and it's set a good few years after the events of the original too.

The story I felt was better than the first (which was a bit flimsy) and the virtual world seemed to have a purpose, there was a reason it was there and why everything in it happened the way it did. In the original movie I thought the reason for the virtual world existing seemed a bit rushed and unexplained but this movie did it very well.

Most people see the trailer for this movie and think it's all about the action but I'd say the action actually only occupies about half of the movie and the rest weaves and intricate story of how the virtual world works and why it's so important. The CG was ofcourse fantastic but I'd say I was more impressed with the disc-battle than I was with the light cycle scenes!

Overall I was very glad this was the first 3D movie I saw and I'd love to see if they make a sequel as there were a few unanswered questions towards the end of the movie.

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