Monday, February 3, 2014

TRON: Legacy (2010) [PG] ***

The unexpected disappearance of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), world's leading video-game developer and CEO of ENCOM, has haunted his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) for the past fifteen years. Now a brilliant but rebellious 27-year-old, Sam learns from Flynn's old partner Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) that Alan had received a pager signal from Flynn's old video game arcade, a signal that could only have been sent by Flynn himself. Breaking into the abandoned arcade, Sam activates his father's secret computer console and finds himself pulled into the same digital world that years earlier had trapped his father.

Against his will, Sam is dressed as a gladiator and sent to the Grid to play games before an audience of programs. The system is now under the control of Clu (played by a younger and darker version of Jeff Bridges), a program created by Flynn, that has gone bad. Despite the efforts of TRON (Bruce Boxleitner) another program created by Flynn, Sam seems destined to lose and be de-resolved, when he's rescued by Quorra (Olivia Wilde), the last of a race of clone-like entities also created by Flynn. But Sam's real surprise comes when Quorra takes him to meet his father. Now Flynn, Sam and Quorra find themselves in a race against time to reach the portal before Clu can stop them, or the portal closes, trapping them forever in the digital world.

TRON: Legacy uses high-tech computer graphics to re-introduce us to the futuristic world of vehicles and weapons we first encountered nearly thirty years ago in TRON (1982). And while Bridges and Boxleitner reprise their TRON roles, Hedlund and Wilde are fresh faces. Science fiction enthusiasts will find visual reminders from the Star Wars films (including X-wing fighters and clone armies), as well as from the original TRON. This film is all about dazzling special effects and a fast-paced story; viewers looking for a subtle, nuanced plot, character development and dramatic depth will be disappointed, as will viewers expecting any kind of a romantic connection between Sam and Quorra... this is, after all, a PG-rated Disney film. On the other hand, viewers who enjoy motion picture entertainment like TransformersIron Man, Avatar and the original TRON will be rewarded. 

Labels: action, adventure, sci-fi, thriller   
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 49/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critcs=59, viewers=70)    
TRON: Legacy Movie Posters

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