Tron: Legacy

Flashing lights and CG can only take a movie so far. For a movie to contain substance there has to be much more behind or within the images. Tron: Legacy is filled with aesthetics. It’s anything substantial that is lacking.


Garrett Hedlund stars as Sam Flynn in a film that more closely resembles The Fifth Element than it does The Matrix in style, but matches neither in storyline.  Sam’s father, and creator of the world of Tron, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) leaves one night and never returns. Sam inherits his father’s tech company, but does not actively participate in running it, except his annual “visits”. Flynn’s former partner, Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) mysteriously receives a page, yes a page, from Flynn at his old arcade. There, Sam finds the key to enter the Grid (Flynn’s programed world) and discovers that his father had been cast away from the world he had created by his own assistant/creation, Clu (a horribly CGed “young” Bridges) who is planning on killing Flynn and creating his own utopia that will spill into reality. Along with Flynn, Sam finds Quorra (Olivia Wilde) who aids them in their quest to reach the portal back to their reality.

It is clear from the beginning that all effort was put into the remaking of the Tron world, which was in fact beautifully done. The computerized imaginings of lightbikes/jets is one of the few parts you actually wish they showed more. Far and away the best surprise that comes from Tron is the Daft Punk soundtrack. The scene at Castor’s (Michael Sheen) club highlights the futuristic, electronic stylings of the French duo, who actually make a cameo (to offset the bizarre Sheen cameo that never seems quite right).

As for the plot and structure, there was much left to be desired. Hedlund, Wilde and Bridges give valiant efforts, but the dialogue, with obvious name changes, could be reused for any number of movies from the past or for years to come. At no point is the final outcome in question apart from how it is actually reached. Also disappointing, the scenes recreating the first film, specifically the lightbike battles, are much too few and far between. The visual effects, which are no doubt what interests you in Tron in the first place, are awe-inspiring until you become accustomed to them; then you are sadly left underwhelmed and struggling to keep engaged.

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