Science Fiction and Sequel. Rated PG. 2 hours, 7 minutes.
by Walt Disney Pictures
Bridges in Walt Disney Pictures' TRON: Legacy -
Kevin Flynn welcomes
his son Sam (Garret Hedlund) into The Grid in this sequel to the
1982 cult classic. The elder Flynn disappeared in the mid-80’s,
and now his son thinks the old Flynn arcade holds the secret to
Once he lands in the
digitized world, Sam encounters Clu (also portrayed by Bridges),
a program that has made life difficult for Kevin Flynn by taking
control of The Grid and casting out its creator and the beautiful
and talented Quorra (Olivia Wilde).
Only two actors return
from the original TRON, Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner,
who plays Alan Bradley. However the youthful faces of Hedlund
and Wilde are a welcomed presence who bring with them charm, humor,
and their good looks.
The film’s score,
provided by Daft Punk, almost makes you believe that you are back
in 1985, thanks to its upbeat techno sounds. The occasional Journey
song also helps.
No matter how good
the acting or music is, what is going to draw in viewers is the
visuals. A lot has changed since 1982, when the original TRON
came out, which means The Grid has an updated look. TRON
looked revolutionary for its time, but looks incredibly dated
and primitive now. Thus the need for Disney to reintroduce the
franchise to the younger audience. There are still Light Cycle
battles, but the riders are doing much more than just making perfect
90-degree turns. The two best action sequences involve the aforementioned
Light Cycles and the climactic chase scene involving Light Jets.
I could have used one
or two more big action sequences like that in the middle of the
movie. Once the Flynns are reunited, the action seems to take
a back seat. Another complaint I have involves Bridges. While
he is a fantastic actor, if I wanted to see him play The Dude,
then I would have just rented The Big Lebowski. In TRON:
Legacy, he throws in a few too many uses of the words “dude,”
man” or “Zen” for someone who possessed the
knowledge necessary to be considered a computer programming super-genius.
I still enjoyed the
film immensely, and believe that most who venture out to the theater
and shell out the extra money for the 3D glasses will feel the
same way. Fans of the original will be pleased, as well as fan
boys of many other sci-fi franchises (there are so many Star Wars
references I fully expected to hear “Imperial March”
when the bad guys made an appearance).
credit: Walt Disney Pictures
Legacy movie poster