I was fortunate to attend a screening of 20 + minutes of TRON: LEGACY. When I arrived an hour before the screening started, I was expecting to get crappy seats and end up at the end of the line. It turned out that me and my friend were first. After a while more people showed up but not a lot. After being metal detected, there were probly only 70 people in a 500 seater IMAX theatre. I expected the theatre to be full of people just excited for this movie as I was but it was empty. Apparently other "sold out screenings" had around that same number of people.
Anyway, here's the breakdown of what we saw.
First a note appears on the screen from Joseph Kosinski welcoming us to the exclusive event. He did note that the real world scenes were shot in 2D but recommended we keep the glasses on during those scenes. I tried doing that but the image was so dark it was hard to see. It was much easier to see without the glasses.
The first scene is Sam returning to his apartment which is a weird combination of a freight storage container and a storage garage. I'm tempted to give the movie shit for that just because it's preposterous but the production design was really cool. Anyway, you've seen it in the trailer. Alan tells Sam about being paged by the arcade and then Same ultimately ends up checking it out even though logic tells him theres no way his dad is still around. The acting is pretty hollow here. I haven't seen much of Garrett Hedlund in anything but if he has any skills as an actor, this is not the movie you will see them. He's not too far off from Sam Worthinton in AVATAR acting bored durring the film. But the acting, while not perfect, does not damage anything in the film.
Second scene, Sam goes to Flynns Arcade. No need to summerize it here cause there isn't much thats different from the trailer. However, I like the 80s music that plays once the breakers are turned on and the classic video game sound effects coming from classic games.
Once Sam enters the world, we quickly jump to the Sam being captured alongside what appears to be other AWOL programs. Here, the 3-D looks nothing short of incredible servicing the visuals very nicely. Daft Punks score makes a dominating impression in this scene. Sam is then sent down somewhere then 4 women take off him cloths in the real world and dress him into something more appropriate for the environment he's in sending him off to a disk fight.
The disk fight was awesome. Not much I can do to describe.
After the fight, the next scene is Quorra breaking out Sam and they drive off to see Kevin. Kevin and Sam are then reunited. I know it seems like I'm nit picking the film and expecting way more out of TRON even though it's tone is similar to the same of the original but the acting is really flat here. Jeff Bridges just seems like he's sleepwalking through the role here. Granted I haven't seen the real movie but the scene was emotionally flat.
After that scene, we get a line from Michael Sheen and then we're treated to many clips edited in trailer fashion, many of which have never been seen. It's been a few hours and those clips haven't left much of an impression except for the last one where Kevin, Sam, and Quorra are driving and being chased by what appear to be fighter planes except more TRON-like in looks.
I haven't seen the original in a long time that I barely remember it but from what I do remember, it seems that this movie respects the original and will make a decent entry into this series. I believe that while the movie isn't going to be perfect, it will be a fun science fiction movie with amazing action scenes and special effects. I predict a FULL PRICE for this movie. This is going to be an amazing theatre experience on a visual level that, for me personally, might even top the use of 3-D in AVATAR.