Director: Joseph Kosinski. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen. 127 min. Rated PG. Sci-fi.
Considering the lame original 1982 movie, I underestimated this sequel. As a result, it completely blew me away. The brilliant 3D visuals are just extra frosting on the cake, as philosophical homages to The Matrix, Blade Runner, and 2001: A Space Odyssey (especially the beautiful dining scene) promote the film significantly above a glitzy and ignorable action-packed sci-fi event. The concept of a Zen-like battle with your own evil "anti-matter" prevails. Must be seen in a theater.
PS #1: Olivia Wilde, playing the role of software program Quorra, has a shot at stardom.
PS #2: Michael Sheen is becoming the Harry Dean Stanton of our time: any movie featuring him has a decent chance of being good.