On-Camera Review: Tron Legacy

by Eric Melin on December 17, 2010

in Video Reviews

“Tron Legacy” hits theaters today 28 years after the original Disney movie. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Flynn and also plays a digital version of his younger self, thanks to some performance capture technology. Garrett Hedlund, Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, and Michael Sheen co-star. Does “Tron Legacy” live up to the hype that’s been building up for this cult-classic sequel? Find out in this Scene-Stealers movie review with Eric Melin and Trevan McGee, which features clips from the movie.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Shelby December 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

Good review guys!

I’ve been prepared for disappointment for a while now. This pretty much seals the deal. Dammit!

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2 dbmurray December 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I saw it this afternoon (in traditional 2D), and pretty much agree with Eric. There were some stunning visual moments, but the story was a lot of meh…

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3 hidama December 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

I agree with Eric that the excitement and draw of the action was not there for the audiences. Actions sequences and major plot developments were intuited in advance and left to room for surprise or interest. The 20 minutes of exposition at the beginning was painful.

As for the Daft Punk orchestral score, I was not at all disappointed. Daft Punk went forth to create a marvelous soundtrack for this film. Soundtracks are meant to supplement the film (or in Star Wars’ case, make it viewable) not to outperform the film. I think most who were disappointed in the soundtrack were hoping for another Discovery album, instead of a well-crafted track supporting the film.

Bravo to TRON:Legacy for not taking advantage of 3-D and making cheesy pop-in-your-face portions of the film. Also the set, props and the costume design were definitely up to standard.

Also, did anyone else notice a Bruce Wayne/Batman feel to the beginning story of Sam Flynn?

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4 Tony T December 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Loved the soundtrack…Two questions: 1. Why do studios keep using first time directors? 2. Who hires such bad writers?

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5 Susan December 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

Easily the worst movie I’ve seen in years. When my friend was giving himself a break to head for the concession stand, I begged him to bring me back a cyanide pill. Why we didn’t just walk out on this I don’t know – probably because I was holding out for even 5 decent minutes to reward me for the $10.50 I spent on a ticket. I didn’t get it. Life is too short – go see something, anything, else.

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6 jack duhamel December 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

good review

- Jack Duhamel

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7 Tombstone December 23, 2010 at 12:50 am

When you give a review, you should actually have a point to make instead of saying you didn’t like the film. This review was a whole lot of nothing. You said you thought the movie would suck and it did…well I hate to tell you, but that is called a self-fulfilling prophecy. The movie never stood a chance because you already had decided against it. Of course, you are probably one of those people who think Star Wars: A New Hope had a good storyline too.

Hate to say it, but movies like Tron Legacy and Star Wars: A New Hope show how films can be cool using simple conceits.

Next time you don’t like something, maybe you should give us a well thought out response instead of bantering about for five minutes without actually saying anything.

Tell me how the movie supposedly doesn’t “involve me”, or tell me what the movie doesn’t “commit to. Your review is one of the most unintelligible things I have ever heard.

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8 Sophie Ortega December 24, 2010 at 6:56 am

I agree with Eric that the excitement and draw of the action was not there for the audiences. Actions sequences and major plot developments were intuited in advance and left to room for surprise or interest. The 20 minutes of exposition at the beginning was painful. As for the Daft Punk orchestral score, I was not at all disappointed. Daft Punk went forth to create a marvelous soundtrack for this film. Soundtracks are meant to supplement the film (or in Star Wars’ case, make it viewable) not to outperform the film. I think most who were disappointed in the soundtrack were hoping for another Discovery album, instead of a well-crafted track supporting the film. Bravo to TRON:Legacy for not taking advantage of 3-D and making cheesy pop-in-your-face portions of the film. Also the set, props and the costume design were definitely up to standard. Also, did anyone else notice a Bruce Wayne/Batman feel to the beginning story of Sam Flynn?

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9 Myrna Duran December 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

When you give a review, you should actually have a point to make instead of saying you didn’t like the film. This review was a whole lot of nothing. You said you thought the movie would suck and it did…well I hate to tell you, but that is called a self-fulfilling prophecy. The movie never stood a chance because you already had decided against it. Of course, you are probably one of those people who think Star Wars: A New Hope had a good storyline too. Hate to say it, but movies like Tron Legacy and Star Wars: A New Hope show how films can be cool using simple conceits. Next time you don’t like something, maybe you should give us a well thought out response instead of bantering about for five minutes without actually saying anything. Tell me how the movie supposedly doesn’t “involve me”, or tell me what the movie doesn’t “commit to. Your review is one of the most unintelligible things I have ever heard.

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10 Scotty December 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Harsh assessment from tombstone.

Great use of the word resplendent Eric.
Anyway…. I saw this movie yesterday with my mother. We saw the first one together, so I figured it would only make sense to try our luck again. Well…. I was a little disappointed. The graphics were nice. I’ll give it that. The story was meh. One aspect of the film that I thought was good was the acting. I thought that Garrett Hedlund did a fine job. we both liked that character. As far as the music. Damn…. The Wendy Carlos soundtrack was so much better. It had a great combination of Classical and electronica (if you will). Do you remember in the original movie the great Tron theme that sounded like a love theme? We get nothing like that here. I don’t think the Daft Punk music is horrible by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that it wasn’t nearly as good as the Carlos score. I dig dance music, and that’s what we get in Tron Legacy with a classic score to flesh things out. Still, my point…. not as good as the original.
The end of the movie is what really bothered both of us. ***Spoiler Alert***
****Here it is**** Flynn blows up. Really? This was a cop out and something you saw coming from much earlier. I have to say that it reminded me a bit of the writing in the Matrix trilogy. Here we have a story (that is not to complex really) and so our clever writers add in this sacrifice at the end of the film to trick us into believing we’ve just seen a movie with much greater depth. It was a disappointing and unnecessary ending.

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11 Ress January 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

If you want to read an alternative review that actually clearly explains what goes on in Tron Legacy, please visit thechewbox.com

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12 Abe January 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

To start off with, I enjoyed Tron: Legacy. I saw it on IMAX 3-D and I thought the art direction, set design and special effects were a great augment to the original.

Of all the opinions expressed here about this movie, I think Scotty nailed it the best but didn’t go quite far enough when he referenced the Matrix movies.

Very few of the concepts in this movie WEREN’T taken from the Matrix movies. Flynn/Oracle is constantly on the run trying to keep away from his masterpiece creation Clu/Agent Smith who has started taking over the world its creator made in order to make more perfect and orderly. Clu/Agent Smith is running around defeating/hacking all the other programs and rewriting them to be more like himself. (remember all the Smith carbon copies in Matrix: Revolutions?) including Tron himself. After conquering his own cyberworld Clu/Agent Smith now wants to conquer the ‘real’ world where his creator came from. (Smith, for a brief time, did cross over) He does this with the help of Michael Sheen’s character who is a peroxided copy of the Merovingian character. At the end when it looks like our heros are not going to escape, Flynn/Oracle does the only thing he can to defeat his creation. He uses his digital self to crack open and destroy Clu/Agent Smith and thus, presumably, resetting the Tron world to rights again.

I say all this only to point out the similarities. It is an entertaining if predicatable story. The writing could have used some polish. The whole 60′s hippie subtext they gave Bridges was a bit campy. I really don’t think this movie was made to be deep as well. When you step back and take it as a whole, it was meant to be entertaining, sci-fi, action, eye candy. And that it did deliver. The IMAX 3-D helped.

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