Tron: Legacy has it’s flaws, I admit. But oddly I can’t seem to pinpoint them. There is something missing from the movie as a whole, but overall it’s an effective Sci Fi/Father-Son/Coming of age movie.
For anyone who is a fan of the original (for all of it’s flaws) you should revel in the innovative production value that is a faithful effort to do what the 1984 version was trying to do; make something original. Tron: Legacy offers a beautiful rendition of a computer world that is obviously no longer just a 2.0 version but a fully realized world with life, good & evil, desperation, hope and evolution. The suspension of disbelief chasm is a bit large to imagine computer programs actually living and existing in any way close to our existence but if you can get past that, the reward is plenty.
With a brief and informative intro that explains how Flynn re-invigorated the IT Company, Encom that he regained control of in the 1984 version, we are given a glimpse on his relationship with son Sam, which is obviously a strong one. He explains to him how he actually did get into the computer world and discovered how programs ‘live’ and conflict with each other from inside the system. Then Kevin disappears. Leaving him with the question of not only where did he go, but why did he go. Twenty years later, Sam has become a somewhat hostile and rebellious computer genius who still owns a majority share of the Encom company but doesn’t really want anything to do with it. On a request from Alan, the alias of Tron from the original movie, Sam goes to the old arcade and is pulled into the computer world via the same means his father was pulled in. Now the computer world has changed though. It’s deadlier, and CLU, the created servant/custodian created by Kevin to watch over the world when he wasn’t there, has tyrannically taken control and is trying to move into the outside world.
The emotional aspects of the movie don’t come into play until much later in the movie, but needless to say, and this is a bit unfortunate, the movie doesn’t really work as well on the first viewing. After 2 or 3, I think it’s easier to see what the director was doing. And even though Tron: Legacy is not perfect, it’s a great piece of entertainment and a great long term sequel to the original. It’s beautiful to look at, the action sequences are incredible, the story is very good, if not great. And Jeff Bridges plays the character with the same loose ‘groovy’ attitude for the most part but now he knows there is a lot more at stake.
If you watch this, try to watch it a second time at some point, and then make judgment.
- Actors: Amy Esterle, Serinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, James Frain, Beau Garrett
- Directors: Joseph Kosinski, Steven Lisberger
- Producers: Steven Lisberger, Lisberger - Kushner, Sean Bailey
- Format: Digital, Collector's Edition
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Romanian, Norwegian, Italian, German, Dutch
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Disney
- Run Time: 218.00 minutes
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- ASIN: B00H8NJZ9O
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