GET INTO THE GRID

TRON: LEGACY (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I would say Tron: Legacy is one of the most anticipated films of this year, especially with all the super cool posters that they have – and the lightcycle!

Kevin Flynn, CEO of ENCOM, disappeared in 1989 leaving behind his son, Sam. Twenty years later, Alan, an old friend of Kevin’s, visits Sam when he receives a page from Kevin’s arcade. Sam goes to the arcade and accidentally sends himself to The Grid. Sam is sent to battle at the arena and meets Clu, a program set in the image of his father. Help arrives in the form of Quorra, who tells Sam that his father was trapped in this world and reunites father and son as they race to get to the Portal before Sam, too, gets trapped in The Grid.

Wow, I saw this in 3D and I thought the effects were pretty decent. I liked the lightcycles especially cos they left a trail of light in their path, and just the plain act of mounting the lightcycle is so cool! The equivalent for death in The Grid is deresolution, which essentially is being smashed into millions of pixels – not pretty. Olivia Wilde as Quorra is another kick-ass babe in the digital world. Turns out she has a secret identity of her own. And there’s Garrett Hedlund – oh, it’s been so long since I’ve seen him on the big screen!

The soundtrack, scored by Daft Punk, is fantastic and reminds you of The Grid even when you’re not watching the movie. They make a cameo in the club, where Castor (Michael Sheen) orders them to “Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls, if you’d be so kind.”

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KEEP HOLDING ON

ERAGON (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

By the way, it’s the first time I did a movie marathon with anyone so I guess SZ must be feeling very honoured. 🙂

Watched Eragon first. Some parts managed to make me jump, while some characters in the show are just downright noxious. Garrett Hedlund makes his appearance as Murtagh, which is a bad guy’s son but is so good in character (and good-looking). The climax was exciting enough and luckily, the dragon is still alive. Oops. But of course it has to be, there’s a TRILOGY for this whole thing and the ending just pointed to a sequel… And of course, the bonding between dragon and dragon-rider just left someone “wet all over”.