TRON: Legacy (2010)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Soundtrack OST – The Game Has Changed – Daft Punk
2) A much superior and polished sequel to TRON (1982). Gripping screenplay, great CGI and soundtrack. The Light Cycle race is truly amazing.
3) CGI enhanced young Jeff Bridges is spot on.
4) A minor character (Clu) from the previous film takes mainstage. A creation poised for perfection against his own creator.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Tron: I fight for the Users!

TRON (1982)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Master Control Program (MCP), the faceless digital antagonist like HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), SkyNet from The Terminator (1984).
2) A sci-fi concept way ahead of its time.
3) Light Cycles and Recognizers.

 

CONS –
1) A super-concept like this deserves better CGI and better synth music.
2) The movie title should’ve been FLYNN instead of TRON.

 
QUOTE –
Dumont: All that is visible must grow beyond itself, and extend into the realm of the invisible.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Jeff Bridges as the playful mischievous Lightfoot.

 
CONS –
1) An average heist movie. Half of the time, the movie is showing characters on-road driving cars meeting weirdos.
2) What’s the point of Lightfoot’s death at the end of the movie when it’s supposed to be a comedy movie? I don’t get it.
3) Weirdly vulgar for no particular reason.

 

QUOTE –
John Doherty: The newest bank vaults have walls of reinforced concrete 5 feet thick, backed by 6 inches of steel. The vault door is stainless steel-faced. It’s 1.5 inches of cast steel, another 12 inches of burn-resisting steel, and another 1.5 inches of open-hearthed steel… A vault door has 20 bolts, each an inch in diameter. 8 on each side, 2 top, and 2 bottom. This holds the door into a 16-inch steel jamb set in 18 inches of concrete. It’s crosshatched by steel bars running both vertical and horizontal. This door is precision-made so you can’t pour nitro between the door and the vault. If that isn’t enough, there’s microphones, electric eyes, pressure-sensitive mats, vibration detectors, tear gas, and even thermostats that detect the slightest rise in temperature. Still interested in banks?

Lightfoot: I knew you weren’t a preacher!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Introduction of Statesman: American cousins of Kingsman
2) Supporting Cast: Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal
3) Elton John’s extended cameo – Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
4) Some good action sequences

 

Cons –
1) Similar story to its prequel – A insane villain trying to take over the world.

 

Quote –
President of the United States: Let the junkie scum go down in flames!

Hell or High Water (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Walk-in-a-park role for Jeff Bridges
2) Locals chasing bank robbers: Quintessential Texan

 

Cons –
1) A soon-to-retire county sheriff chasing down criminals in Texas:
‘No Country For Old Man” revisited

 

Quote –
Bear: I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means ‘Enemy to everyone’.
Tanner Howard: Do you know what that makes me? A Comanche.