The prodigious director talks about taking immersive cinema to the next level with one of the most mind-bending visual experiences in movie history
* Text by John-Paul Pryor
When we saw TRON: Legacy for the first time last week, it’s safe to say that our jaw was firmly in contact with the floor from the moment its protagonist Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) enters it’s brilliantly conceived neon-soaked universe. It was quite simply the most mind-bending, hyper-visual immersive 3D head-trip we have ever seen, and as its first-time feature director Joseph Kosinski notes in this interview, it should probably come with the tag “Drugs Not Required”. To say that the much-envied CGI prodigy has taken cinema to a new dimension with this film is something of an understatement. This hyper-speed celluloid extravaganza is more than a film, it’s a taste of what’s to come; of what lies far beyond the accepted boundaries of cinema.
Thankfully, it’s one with a well-considered narrative based upon the classic estranged father and son motif, which also takes into its sway a rather dark allegory for totalitarian regimes, and more specifically The Holocaust (Olivia Wilde plays ‘Quoraa’, the last of the ISOs – a miraculous digital species who have all-but-one been exterminated in ‘The Purge’). If the neon-soaked light cycle-heavy landscape is not enough to entice you into this wildly disorientating nostalgia trip, perhaps watching Jeff Bridges grapple with a younger version of himself is. The legendary actor plays both the 60-something creator of the Tron universe Kevin Flynn, and his ageless clone ‘Clue’, and witnessing him seemingly battle with his younger self on screen is a truly bizarre cinematic experience, one with some slightly unnerving connotations. We entered ‘The Grid’ with Kosinski to talk about the evolution of cinema and find out why he thinks we are already living in the future. [Read More...]