Inside Pulse » Garrett Hedlund http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Garrett Hedlund http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com DVD Review: On the Road http://insidepulse.com/2013/09/16/dvd-review-on-the-road/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/09/16/dvd-review-on-the-road/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:00:52 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=338847 On the Road is an example of a book to film adaptation that simply misses the mark.]]> I remember back in 1996 I went and saw A Time To Kill in theaters and was completely blown away. I loved everything about it. A few years later I picked up the novel by John Grisham on which the film was based and it quickly became one of the best books I’ve ever read. Not long after that I revisited the film, and was shocked with how much they’d taken out during the adaptation. The film was still good, it just wasn’t as fulfilling as it had been the first time I’d seen it. This was something I’ve come to experience many more times since then with adaptations, as it’s a rare thing to ever have film actually prove to be better than its literary counterpart – simply because of the limitations that come with the medium.

On the Road is a novel by Jack Kerouac that’s been called generation defining, and an American classic. It’s also been said that the book couldn’t be adapted for the silver screen simply due to the way it’s written, and how much of the character and heart of the novel just couldn’t be expressed through visuals. For that, scriptwriter Jose Rivera must be commended, as he attempted what was said to be impossible and at least got everyone inside the book from point A to point B over the course of two hours – even if it wasn’t in the smoothest or most coherent of fashions.

On the Road is based off of Kerouac’s own experiences traveling with friends cross-country, though names were changed for the characters in the book/film. The movie is narrated by a young, struggling writer named Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) who is basically just treading water in life with no real direction or goal to help move him forward. That changes when a friend of his introduces him to Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a carefree soul who lives life by his own rules and never closes the door on any experience. Together, along with Dean’s fiancée Marylou (Kristen Stewart) and another friend, Dean takes Sal on a cross-country adventure that opens Sal’s eyes to the world of Jazz, drugs, love and so much more.

One of the main issues the film faces is that it’s not friendly or welcoming to those who haven’t read the book. I’m one of those people, and to me the film felt incredibly slow paced and filled with characters who I could tell would have been interesting to read about in Kerouac’s writing; however, in the film they’re merely a blip on the radar while Sal travels from place to place. That’s not to say that those who read the book will like the film, just that they’ll at least be able to fill in certain blanks along the way that make the movie incomprehensible at times.

There’s a basic structure that’s easy to understand in that Sal needs inspiration and he finds it through Dean and the way he lives life so nonchalantly. Every experience Sal has with Dean is something fresh, something new, and while he learns along the way that Dean isn’t without fault, there’s just little reason to care about anyone while watching due to how the film is put together.

There are jumps in time, characters that come and go, unclear motivations, things that feel as though they’ll lead somewhere or at least be talked about but are quickly swept under the rug or taken care of by flashing forward and not looking back, and in the end It feels more like a bunch of random road trips put together with no real meaning behind them just to end up somewhere that feels disjointed and tacked on.

From a visual standpoint the film is shot quite beautifully. Director Walter Salles has some great backgrounds and landmark shots to play with (even though they didn’t actually travel across the States while filming) and makes it feel like this was an epic journey that was taken, at least from a scenic standpoint. The set design is also top notch, really placing the viewer in the time period and place that the various scenes are happening in.

A successful book to film adaptation means one shouldn’t have to read the book in order to fully understand the story. While A Time To Kill was superior as a novel, the film still made my jaw drop when I saw it beforehand. And while a second viewing of the film came off as a bare bones version of the book, it still hit all the right points along the way to make it an entertaining, complete movie for those who had read the book prior, and for those who hadn’t. The same can’t be said for On the Road, as something was definitely lost in translation along the way.

The video transfer of the film looks good, with the picture holding that beautiful look of being shot on film that helps sell the aesthetic of the movie so well. The audio mixes also come through nicely, with a strong soundtrack blasting through most of the film, and the dialogue coming through cleanly from start to finish.

Deleted Scenes – The only special features to be found here are some deleted scenes that only would’ve slowed the film more. Fans of the film and book may want to check them out, but really there’s no need. Surprisingly, there’s no audio commentary by the writer or director, as it would’ve been interesting to hear about the struggles with the adaptation, or why certain choices were made.

On the Road is an example of a book to film adaptation that simply misses the mark. While fans of the book may have some sort of idea what’s going on, those who haven’t will usually find themselves lost or confused by the randomness of events and lack of overall character development. While it’s visually pleasing, On the Road lacks energy and isn’t able to define a fully coherent story, let alone a generation.

MK2 and American Zoetrope Present On the Road. Directed by: Walter Salles. Written by: Jose Rivera. Based on the novel by: Jack Kerouac. Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kristen Dunst, Viggo Mortensen. Running time: 124 minutes. Rating: 14A. Released: August 6, 2013.

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Just Seen It Movie Review: On The Road [Video] http://insidepulse.com/2013/01/12/just-seen-it-movie-review-on-the-road-video/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/01/12/just-seen-it-movie-review-on-the-road-video/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:17:06 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=322382 Just Seen It is now being offered to all PBS affiliates as a half hour show! Check your local PBS listing and website and if they don't offer Just Seen It – ask them if they can! Based on the novel by Jack Kerouac, Sal seeks inspiration for his writing. But his life is shaken up with the arrival of the free-spirited Dean and his young wife Mary Lou. Together, they travel cross-country on a personal quest for freedom. Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. Directed by Walter Salles. Written by Jack Kerouac (book), and Jose Rivera (screenplay). Produced by Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz and Rebecca Yeldham. Genre: Period Piece Road Movie Drama. Brenna, Liz and Salim review this road movie based on the famous novel by Jack Kerouac. Starring Brenna Smith, Liz Manashil and Salim Lemelle. Directed by Cooper Griggs. Edited by Stephen Krystek. Sound Design by Aaron Fink and Nick Isaacs. Produced by David Freedman(@ShowRunnerDave), Cooper Griggs, Aaron Fink(@AaronEvanFink) and Pedro Raposo.


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First Trailer For Adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Debuts http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/first-trailer-for-adaptation-of-jack-kerouacs-on-the-road-debuts/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/first-trailer-for-adaptation-of-jack-kerouacs-on-the-road-debuts/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:00:39 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=292624 The first trailer for On The Road, an adaptation of the book by Jack Kerouac, has found its way online. You can view it below.


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Kristen Stewart In Talks For Akira http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/16/kristen-stewart-in-talks-for-akira/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/16/kristen-stewart-in-talks-for-akira/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:30:18 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=277954

Soon to be seen everywhere in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Kristen Stewart looks towards her next big, high-profile picture once the Twilight series has wrapped. Twitchfilm reported this week that Stewart had been offered the part of Kei in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (of Unknown previously) Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel.

She would join Garrett Hedlund, who headlines as Keneda. Gary Oldman will play the Colonel.

Warner Bros. has had much difficulty in trying to bring the project to the screen. The studio acquired the rights with Legendary Pictures two years ago from manga publisher Kodansha. Back in February 2010, The Hughes brothers were signed to direct but then left the project, only for Jaume Collet-Serra to come on board.

The idea has been to make two films, each covering three books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988, and is considered one of the best anime releases ever made.
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Live-Action Akira Movie Moving Forward, Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner To Star http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/20/live-action-akira-movie-moving-forward-garrett-hedlund-frontrunner-to-star/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/20/live-action-akira-movie-moving-forward-garrett-hedlund-frontrunner-to-star/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:10:04 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=272808 Warner Bros. may have hit a snag when the then-attached Albert Hughes bailed on its upcoming Akira live-action remake, but the vacancy was quickly filled by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously directed Orphan and Unknown for the studio.

Things have been pretty quiet in the development front, but a story from Variety indicates that the project may be eyeing an early 2012 production start (either late February or early March), and adds that it may have its leading man.

Those hoping for Keanu Reeves, who previously was approached and turned the role down, may have to settle for Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), one of the actors who was on the shortlist to play the role of Kaneda.

Steve Kloves, who adapted all the Harry Potter books save for one, is scripting this adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga. The action is being relocated from Neo-Tokyo to New Manhattan. The original idea was to split the books up into two films, with books 1-3 as the first installment and books 4-6 to conclude the story. Whether or not Warner Bros. sticks to this plan is uncertain.

Now that the role of Kaneda is just about sewn up, let the speculation begin on who will play Tetsuo. Chances are it could be a sparkly vampire, the next Spider-Man or a young Professor X.
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Tron / Tron: Legacy (Five-Disc Collection) – Blu-ray Review http://insidepulse.com/2011/05/12/tron-tron-legacy-five-disc-collection-blu-ray-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/05/12/tron-tron-legacy-five-disc-collection-blu-ray-review/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=246988

When Tron was released in 1982 there literally had been nothing like it before. People didn’t have Internet or smart phones back then. The world of Tron was just as strange and new as outer space or the deep sea. And while by today’s standards it doesn’t have the greatest special effects, it was way ahead of its time and it still a fantastic film to watch. And now it’s even better on Blu-ray! Oh, and Tron: Legacy is on here as well which is pretty cool.

In Tron Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a computer programmer, is sucked into the computer by the Master Control Program where programs are forced to face one another in futuristic gladiator arenas. With the help of a program called Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) Flynn must find a way to destroy the MCP and return back to his reality.

28 years later brings us to Tron: Legacy. It seems that some time in the ’80s Flynn disappeared from the public eye. Many thought he was dead. His son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) thought he’d been abandoned until one day when his dad’s partner, Alan Bradley (Boxleitner), points him in the direction of his dad’s old arcade. There Sam unwittingly follows in his father footsteps and finds himself trapped on The Grid.

Flynn’s program, Clu, turned on him and took control of The Grid. Sam must first find his father before taking on Clu before he brings the world of The Grid to our reality.

Legacy is a fun film, and the special effects are absolutely mind-blowing. They have a sleek modern look while still maintaining an esthetic connection to the original. The story is not as engaging as the first, but it’s still a fun film and it’s great to return to The Grid again.

The creepiest part of the film is the CGI used to make Clu look like an ’80s Kevin Flynn. It’s not a 100% perfect and it can be really distracting. As Clu it’s okay, as Clu is a program, but in the beginning of the film when Kevin last sees his son Sam it’s just wrong.

All-in-all this is a fantastic collection. Both films make a great set and they both look fantastic on Blu-ray. This five-disc set also comes with a 3-D disc if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, you can always get the four-disc set.

Tron is presented in 2.20:1 widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with French and Spanish language tracks and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Tron: Legacy is presented in 2.35:1 & 1.78:1 widescreen and 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround with French and Spanish language tracks and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Both these films look AMAZING! TRON has never looked better! One of the best Blu-ray’s I’ve seen in a while.

Tron: Legacy Disc (Blu-ray ONLY):

The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed: (46+ min.) A fun fake documentary about the history of Encom and Kevin Flynn, and it is even cooler cause I’m in some of the footage that was shot in here in San Francisco! Also, at the end you can type in three letter codes to see different footage including some of the flynnlives.com viral stuff and a “vintage” commercial for Space Paranoids. Good stuff.

Disney Second Scene: A way to get more behind the scenes stuff while you watch the film, you need an app for your iPhone or iPad or a program for your computer to make this work.

Launching A Legacy: (10 min.) This shows just how important fans are to a film. The filmmakers made a short trailer for the film and showed it to an unsuspecting Comic Con audience. They loved it and the rest is history.

Disc Roars: (3 min.) At Comic-Con the director used the audience to be his audience for the movie. This is really cool. It shows the Comic Con footage then the footage in the film.

Derazzed, Daft Punk video: (3 min.) Great song, cool little video.

Tron: Legacy Disc (Blu-Ray and DVD):

First look at Tron: Uprising: (1 min.) Promo for an upcoming Disney cartoon that takes place before Legacy. Could be okay.

Visualizing Tron: (12 min.) A typical look at how they developed the look of the film. How they designed the suits is very interesting.

Installing The Cast: (12 min.) A usual but interesting look at putting together the cast of the film.

Discovering Blu-ray with Simone and Pumba: (4 min.) A commercial to convince you to buy a 3-D Blu-ray player and TV.

Tron Disc (Blu-ray):

The Tron Phenomenon: (10 min.) Cast and crew, past and present, talk about the films.

Photo Tronology: (16 min.) Writer/Director Steven Lisberger sits down with his son to look at some old photos from when the first TRON was made. I guess this is better than just a photo montage, but it’s still kind of boring.

You also get all the original DVD Features including: Audio Commentary, Development, Digital Imagery, The Making Of, Music, Publicity, Deleted Scenes, Design, Storyboarding and Gallerys.

Digital Copy of Tron: Legacy

Tron is an ’80s sci-fi cult classic, Tron: Legacy is an entertaining all be it flawed sequel. Together they make a fantastic Blu-Ray release worthy of your hard earned dollars. And I can be seen in one of the special features! What other reason do you need to buy this?


Disney presents: Tron. Directed by: Steven Lisberger. Written by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan and Bardard Hughes. Running time: 96 min. Rated PG. Originally released in 1982.

Tron: Legacy. Directed by: Joseph Kosinski. Written by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen. Running time: 125 min. Rated PG. Released: April 5, 2011.


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Tony Gilroy Looking for Lead in Bourne Identity Spinoff http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/25/tony-gilroy-looking-for-lead-in-bourne-identity-spinoff/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/25/tony-gilroy-looking-for-lead-in-bourne-identity-spinoff/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:45:19 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=237293 Tony Gilroy, who previously wrote the original Bourne trilogy and has also written and directed Michael Clayton and Duplicity, is taking over the franchise that had been helmed by the likes of Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass.

But for this latest Bourne Identity it will be a spinoff from the original trilogy with a brand new lead.

According to Deadline, some of the actors that have met with Gilroy include:

Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, upcoming remake/prequel of The Thing), Josh Hartnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Michael Pitt (TV’s Boardwalk Empire), Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, upcoming Sucker Punch), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), Alex Pettyfer (most recently seen in I Am Number Four), Taylor Kitsch (TV’s Friday Night Lights), upcoming Battleship), Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers).

A loaded list of potential hires to be sure. While I’m sure actors like Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal would work, I think Tony Gilroy would be more inclined to have somebody who is a little more under the radar. Not to say that Matt Damon was an unknown when he played Jason Bourne – he had already worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley) – but look at his career now. I’m reminded of that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin where Paul Rudd talks about Matt Damon while The Bourne Identity is playing. “You know, I always thought that Matt Damon was like a Streisand, but I think he’s rockin’ the shit in this one!”

If I had my pick, I’d go with Benjamin Walker. He’s already going to get some major visibility as Abraham Lincoln in the big-screen adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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Country Strong – Review http://insidepulse.com/2011/01/08/country-strong-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/01/08/country-strong-review/#comments Sat, 08 Jan 2011 07:40:52 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=230572

Tries to be strong, but can’t even walk hard.

Following on the heels of Crazy Heart, Country Strong attempts to portray the same crash-and-burn lifestyle of a country musician, but revolving around a woman instead of a man. Though if you place your trust in advertising then Country Strong involves an aging country superstar that has to contend with a young upstart. Those expecting this storyline might be surprised that the superstar is a recovering alcoholic.

Gwyneth Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a six-time Grammy Award country starlet who, because of putting down the guitar and picking up the bottle, finds herself in a rehab facility for alcohol and drug dependency. Such a downward spiral stemmed from a Dallas performance that saw her performing while five months pregnant (mistake) and drunk at the time (bigger mistake). She would fall off the stage and suffer a miscarriage.

By this description you would expect that Kelly Canter would be the heart of the story, with her fall and subsequent rise, like a phoenix from the ashes. You would be wrong. The real focus is Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), an aspiring singer who has become bedfellows with Kelly at the rehab facility where he works. Kelly may be a superstar that has as many platinum albums as she has Grammys, but Beau desires no riches or acclaim. He’s what you’d call a purist; someone who is content on writing lyrics while enjoying a beer and performing in small bars for smaller crowds. Performing in stadiums in front of thousands is not his dream, unlike Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), a former beauty queen who has the voice but has a tendency to freeze when performing in a room of people.

Beau and Chiles become a package deal for James Canter (Tim McGraw), Kelly’s manager husband, who is looking for opening acts for her comeback tour. Beau would act as Kelly’s sponsor, making sure she doesn’t relapse during the tour’s three-city trial run. Chiles, on the other hand, is being groomed to be the next Carrie Underwood. Along the way there are romantic complications by Beau and Chiles as well as Kelly’s instability to make it through an entire set.

Country Strong gets off to a promising start with Kelly and Beau at the clinic, but begins to go to Predictibleville (with the Road Most Traveled as its main street) once manager James makes his appearance as the domineering husband pulling his entertainer wife out of the facility prior to her rehab is up and get her on the comeback trail. The problem is that writer-director Shana Feste (The Greatest) respects her characters too much to make an engrossing drama. So she takes shortcuts in telling her story. Kelly’s alcoholism is more of a means to drive the plot than is an actual disease. And her miscarriage, which is only subtly revealed, should be integral to the story, leaving Kelly more emotionally stunted. It’s either clever acting on Paltrow’s part or Feste relying on archetype, sensing that alcoholism isn’t debilitating enough.

Feste does do one thing to curry favor with. The interweaving of Kelly’s story and Beau’s story balances tragedy with something uplifting. Considering the advertisements make this a showcase role for Gwyneth Paltrow, most will see Country Strong as a tragedy. But someone who avoided trailers or TV spots may walk away feeling moved by Beau and his willingness make a life for himself free from outside influences.

When we last heard Paltrow singing on screen she was accompanied by Huey Lewis in Duets. That was a decade ago. In Country Strong she proves adequate belting out a country tune, but some may be more impressed with Garrett Hedlund. The actor who jumped into the role right after finishing Tron: Legacy looks like he could have a second career if there ever comes a day when his agent won’t return his phone calls.

Country Strong aspires to be mentioned in the same breath as Coal Miner’s Daughter, Tender Mercies and the most recent Crazy Heart, but because writer-director Shana Feste favored convenience above all else, the film doesn’t quite reach those same heights. Had it not been mismarketed from the get-go the film may have had greater reach outside of country music circles. As it is, Country Strong remains a lower-rung country music drama with some nice tunes and good performances by Paltrow and Hedlund.


Director: Shana Feste
Notable Cast:Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw
Writer(s): Shana Feste

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Tron: Legacy – Review http://insidepulse.com/2010/12/18/tron-legacy-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/12/18/tron-legacy-review/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:00:22 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=228225 Bigger budget, same problems ]]>
Bigger budget, same problems

Until this past Oscar ceremony, Jeff Bridges was always one of the guys in the category of “best actor never to win an Oscar” category that pops up right around the time nominations are announced. With a handful of nominations, starting with The Last Picture Show at age 22, Bridges was 60 when he won in Crazy Heart and never seemed to need it to vindicate his career as a leading man. Some actors desperately need and want that vindication and Bridges has always taken roles that seem to be interesting for him as opposed to being more prestigious. Bridges has always seemed content to take roles like The Dude in The Big Lebowski and Flynn in Tron, taking more character-centric roles as a large part of his cinematic resume. Which makes a sequel to the latter that much more interesting; Tron was not his most famous role nor his most decorated. It was, however, one that has some story left untold with Tron: Legacy.

Flynn (Bridges) disappeared one night after tucking his young son Sam (Owen Best as a child) and promising something miraculous that would change life as we know it. When a page from his father’s old arcade stirs Encom CEO Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) from a number long since disconnected, Sam (Garrett Hedlund as an adult) heads back to Flynn’s Arcade, searching for answers. What he finds is that he’s trapped into the same world as his father was 30 years ago: inside the computer mainframe. But there’s one main difference now: his father’s sentient guardian CLU (Bridges) is now a dictator poised to take everything over. There is hope as Sam and his father, assisted by a few renegade computer programs, have to thwart his plans and find a way to escape their digital prison.

Given a significantly higher budget than the original, estimated at $200 million, this is the sort of film that raises the bar for how a film can look and feel. Everything about this film, from a visual standpoint, completely outclasses anything the original did and nearly outclasses nearly every other film that’s been released in the last decade. This has been carefully crafted, going so far as to recreate Flynn’s arcade from the original, and no expense has been shared. With a stark contrast of black to go with large swathes of bright white and orange, this is what one imagines that a digital realm could look like if it existed in this fashion. It also has an amazing score from Daft Punk, who cameo in the film in an amusing moment as DJ’s, combining a similar synth score from the original with some traditional orchestral scoring to give the film a timeless feel that the first has lost over the years due to advancing technology. Joseph Kosinski has clearly spent a significant amount of time updating the look from the original in order for it to hold up better.

The problems with this film, much like the original Tron, lie in its reliance on style over substance. This is a film that sort of meanders its way from a handful of major action sequences to smaller, more introspective pieces designed for character development. Joseph Kosinski, making his debut behind the camera, has a handle for giving the film an epic atmosphere and every moment into the sort of event film this was developed to be. He has a way of handling the scope of the film but he doesn’t have a sense of story-telling to go with it. Kosinski knows how to showcase his world, using some brilliant cinematography and some longer times between cuts and edits with his action sequences, but doesn’t quite have the ability to tell the story brewing on paper yet.

What he does have is a cast designed to help camouflage some of these flaws. And it rests mainly with Jeff Bridges, pulling double duty as both the main villain and as the mentor of the film’s hero, who steps into roles as both CLU and Flynn with an ease that belies the years between Tron and Tron: Legacy. It shows to his versatility that he’s played Rooster Cogburn, a washed up country singer looking for redemption and one of his signature roles in the span of 12 months. The film finds its focus around him and, given a cast that isn’t renowned for its acting ability, manages to raise everyone’s game. Taking Flynn in a new direction, from the wild-eyed dreamer of yesteryear to a New Age digital guru of today, he manages to flesh out the character a bit more than he did in the first film. This isn’t his best performance of the last calendar year but it’s a strong one for the genre; the film suffers whenever either of his characters isn’t involved.

Given that the original was a bit of a flop, only finding its audience via word of mouth over the years, it’s shocking that Tron: Legacy would find a way into production much less given a $200 million budget and tentpole status. It doesn’t disappoint as a spectacle, a brilliant audio/visual spectacle that might be the best use of 3D since Avatar, but is a bit lacking story wise.


Director: Joseph Kosinski
Notable Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner
Writer(s): Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis

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New TRON: Legacy Trailer Speeds Online http://insidepulse.com/2010/11/09/new-tron-legacy-trailer-speeds-online/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/11/09/new-tron-legacy-trailer-speeds-online/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:39:13 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=223158

Disney has released a new trailer for TRON: Legacy, the sequel to the ’80s cult classic film TRON.

Garrett Hedlund stars as Sam Flynn, the 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). While investigating his father’s disappearance, Sam finds himself pulled into the digital world where Kevin has been trapped for the last 20 years. Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner and Michael Sheen co-star. The film will be released December 17, 2010 in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX.

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