Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tron Legacy

You know those cinema adds which go along the lines of 'it's the experience that counts' - i.e. come to the cinema to watch stuff, don't download dodgy camcorder versions from the internet.

One film this particularly applies to is Tron Legacy.

This film didn't get very good reviews. Critics said the plot was rubbish. Tron fans said it was a disappointment after waiting for long for a sequel.

- which is interesting really. I mean, have they watched the original recently? It's hardly amazing. -

I'd agree the storyline isn't fantastic, but it's adequate. And the visuals...ah, sitting at the IMAX when the picture first flicks to full and there's a GIANT Recogniser in front of you...

That's something I'm going to remember for a long time.

Not that I judge films by their visuals, in general. Transformers, for example, has some great visuals, but it has the worst plot in the world and I'd rather poke my eyes out before sitting through them again.

Then there are the light cycles, the car thingamy, the jet things...  There are a lot of cool action sequences and each one is special, unlike Transformers which insisted on hitting you on the head with rubbish.

I think everyone agrees that Tron Legacy has a kick-ass soundtrack. Hearing the Daft Punk score thumping round you... It truly is an experience. I bought the CD. It's not the same. Actually, it's a bit pants. Not the music, but the fact it's only in stereo. This was music designed to surround you. In stereo, it's all a bit flat.

It all almost works on blu-ray. But first you must do three things: find the biggest screen you can, turn off the lights, and turn the volume to 11.

Only then can you really enjoy Tron Legacy.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

[REC] 2

Ah. So they went the Aliens route with this one, mixing it with a big dose of the Exorcist. Never has the description 'something meets something' (the way film plots tend to be sold) been more appropriate.

And then found out they didn't have enough plot to fill a feature film so decided to lump in 20 minutes or so of some kids who turn up for no real reason and do...pretty much nothing.

Couple that with a finale that involves some nonsense with only being able to see stuff with night-vision cameras and other general nonsensical-ness.

Oh well.

It's one of those where a simple bit of a rewrite could have improved things tremendously, but as it is I'm wondering how its managed to get so many positive reviews from critics.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


I've been doing a lot of film semi-reviews lately. No particular reason, other than most of the time (especially if it's a horror film) I've watched the film alone, and I'd like to share my views with someone, even if it's just the endless void of the Web.

Last night (actually, it was the night before, but who's counting?) I rewatched [REC], in preparation for [REC] 2 which I found cheap in (of all places) Sainsburys. [REC] is one of a glut of 'camcorder' films that were popular a few years ago - especially with monster/horror films. I suppose the artistic reason is try and put the audience right there with amongst the action, but it's also a great way to make things on the cheap as it doesn't matter if the picture is a bit crappy.

I suppose it started with Blair Witch, and reached a peak with Cloverfield. My (and probably a lot of other peoples') memories of these films are 'snot' and 'feeling sick', respectively.