Tron: Legacy ***


“Tron: Legacy” is the sequel to the 1982 film “Tron”.  Back in those days the visual effects were considered cutting edge.  The film was not a massive box office hit but it did become a cult favourite.  The follow up movie has been in the making for a very long time.  The result is a film that is visually stunning but a little short on the story. 

I’ll start by saying that the visual effects are truly worth the price of admission.  The light cycle sequences are spectacular, not only for the visuals, but in the way they are constructed.  This is a movie that truly made good use of the infamous third dimension.  I have been pretty outspoken in my distaste for 3D but this and “Avatar” have been the exception. 

The story on the other hand seems to be lacking the emotional depth that it deserves.  Garrett Hedlund plays Sam Flynn. Sam’s father is Kevin Flynn who was played by Jeff Bridges in the first film.  After Kevin’s disappearance, Sam was raised an orphan.  When he begins to search for his father he is eventually sucked in to the digital grid that Kevin created.

He is immediately thrust in to the gladiator like games where he must duel to the death.  This is where we meet Clu, played by Bridges as the ruler of the Grid.  This character is flawlessly digitally rendered to look like Bridges did back in 1982.  After he breaks free he finds himself reunited with his father, the Jeff Bridges of 2010.  From there they hatch a plan to escape from the Grid. 

“Tron Legacy” was directed by Joseph Kosinski who makes his feature film debut.  His talent is evident.  I am amazed that he can put together such amazing sequences with little to no experience at all.  I can’t wait to see what he can do with a script that has serious weight and complexity. 


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