Scene 4 – Escape Route
This scene appears to take place just after a light cycle competition as we see Sam in the new Light Runner 4-wheeled vehicle with a strange masked driver. They are being pursued by three orange suited light cycle drivers across the game grid and as they approach the edge Sam says,“We aren’t going to make it.” He’s referring to the great chasm they must span to reach the safety of going off grid. Needless to say they do make it, at which point the masked driver removes their helmet to reveal a female program called Quorra (Olivia Wilde) who responds with a slightly sarcastic giggle, “Made it!”
Wilde is absolutely gorgeous in this film and she seems to be having a great time playing what amounts to an assistant program. She says all of her lines with a glint of excitement in her eye and youthful exuberance in her voice. She’s excited to be in this movie and so far it that seems to be showing through onscreen.
Scene 5 – Safehouse
Quorra takes Sam deep into a digital mountain where she introduces him to a man dressed in white who is meditating. We all know immediately this is Kevin Flynn, but father and son haven’t had contact with each other for almost 20 years. The reunion is short and underwhelming, to say the least. “You’ve gotten bigger, son,” says Kevin. A shocked Sam replies, “You’ve gotten…”; “Old,” Kevin says, as he finishes his son’s sentence.
When Kevin inquires how Sam got into the computer world, Sam tells him about the page Alan got from his old office at the arcade. “Page?” Kevin responds halfway puzzled, “Oh yeah the page.” Do you recall earlier when I told you to remember the part about the page? Well it appears that something more nefarious may be afoot, but we aren’t given any more information than that about it.
In what is most likely a precursor to events later in the film, we get a brief glimpse of a specialized light cycle built by Kevin just for the games. “It’s the best on the grid and has never been beat,” Quorra tells Sam.
The event closed with a shorter version of the Daft Punk video “Derezzed” which included a quick glimpse of some a new flying light vehicle. We are left with an up close shot of a digitally enhanced, young looking Jeff Bridges as Clu 2.0.
I left the Tron: Legacy Event Night thoroughly blown away by the visual effects and fantastic IMAX sound system but I’m still curious about the actual story. Disney was careful not to give away too much of the plot while showing the clips, but gave me just enough story that I want to be there opening night.
The 3D effects in the film are by far the best I’ve ever seen; they feel smooth and are seamlessly integrated into the movie. There were no gimmicky scenes involving discs flying at your face or light cycles jumping off the screen trying to make audiences duck. Director Joseph Kosinski has used his 3D tool the proper way – to enhance the viewing experience and not BE the viewing experience.
One negative observation – even thought Disney put free tickets to the event in last Sunday’s paper, here in my hometown of over 1 million residents, only 50 or so people showed up for the viewing. I’m not sure how the attendance was in larger venues like Los Angeles or New York City, but I hope that wasn’t an omen for Tron Legacy’s opening weekend.
Tron: Legacy was directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. It stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, James Frain and Bruce Boxleitner.
Will you be in theaters when Tron: Legacy hits theaters this Christmas season December 17th, 2010?
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