IMDB Score: 7.1/10 (57,000+ Votes)
Director(s): Joseph Kosinski
Writer(s): Edward Kitsis (screenplay and story),Adam Horowitz (screenplay and story), Brian Klugman (story), Lee Sternthal (story), Steven Lisberger (characters) & Bonnie MacBird (characters)
Plot/Synopsis: The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.
Forethought(s): This is a squeal to a corny 1980′s film so how good can it be? And it has 6 freaking writers credited. That’s never a good sign if you ask me.
Fun Fact/Trivia: Shooting the film lasted only 64 days. Post-production, due to the heavy special effects, required 68 weeks.
Before I start with my review I have two questions I would like answered. The first one is what in the hell were the programs drinking;they’re programs why do they drink and how does it benefit them? And how was Quorra outside near the bike when Sam was not? The second one can be explained in a number of logical ways but the first one not so much.
I actually found most of this movie boring. Now before you all jump down my throat you should know that this movie is one of the best made movies I’ve seen in a very long time. That said it was still pretty boring. I didn’t care about any of the characters other than father Flynn. They didn’t have much development or personalty expect Clu and Zuse (who [Zuse] wasn’t in the movie long enough). I also think the who emo feel brought the movie down. Oh boo-who I’m a 27 year old without a father and I could run a multi billion dollar business so I’m just gonna mope around all my life. I expect shit like that from CW shows but not a Disney movie.
The whole movie wasn’t boring. The fight scenes were fun to watch all be it a bit short for my taste. And to answer the questions I’m sure many of you are asking…no I did not like the light bike or the light jet fight. They just sorta felt like after thoughts even though I’m sure the light bike scene was one of the first ones to be discussed. It wasn’t fun to watch but it was neat to see due to the effects. I did enjoy the light disk game. Again it was to short. What was done really well was the pacing of the drama to the action. Time wise it didn’t drag from drama parts of the movie to the action filled parts of the movie. But the drama parts did seem to drag on because of all the back story telling and the fact that I just didn’t care for the characters.
The score for the movie was done by a little known electronic duo called Daft Punk. These guys are skillful. For the movie they mixed electronic beats with a huge orchestra (80 or pieces) so flawlessly. There wasn’t one piece of music in the whole film that did not fit the scene it was placed with and that I did not like. If I was really into music like I once was I would buy the deluxe edition of this soundtrack in a flash. I honestly think that even if you aren’t into electronic or orchestra music you would still really like the soundtrack.
I loved all the effects in this movie but one. The one I don’t love I can’t stand looking at. Any guesses? If you said Quorra you are out of your fucking mind. She’s a bit skinny for me but I find myself wanting to jack into all of her ports! If you guessed Clu then you’re right. Deaging Jeff Bridges was bold attempt that back fired in my view. It looked like Corky from Life Goes On mated with one of the characters from The Polar Express. What they should have done was fragment Clu or degrade him in some manner since he is a program it would have made sense. Other than that all the effects were amazing. The colors were easy on the eyes and the C.G work was not corny at all (expect for Clu).
As far an entertainment is concerned it just wasn’t there as I hoped it would be but the film is worth a rent for the all the effects and effort put into every aspect of the movie alone. If you tend to agree with me on my reviews trust this one. Again this is one of the best made movies I have seen in a while.
I give this movie 5 light fights out of 5.
Bonus Fun Fact:The wardrobe budget for this film was $13 million. One custom suit alone for the racers cost $60,000. Total budget was $170 million.
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