2010 seems to be a huge year for sequels. Long-awaited sequels in particular. First, we got "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps". Then we get "Tron: Legacy". So how has "Tron" aged in 30 years? Somewhat well. The sequel isn't half bad either, and in all respect it is every bit as average as the original. In an attempt to get an actual audience this time around, the filmmakers decided to have Jeff Bridges reprise his role as Kevin Flynn, add Olivia Wilde into the cast, and use lots and lots of CGI. And what do you know: this time it might actually work commercially. "Tron" is widely regarded as the big movie that nobody saw. "Tron: Legacy" is no "Tron", in terms of following its predecessor up with such minor success. Nowadays, people eat this stuff up. And therefore, "Tron: Legacy" is a definite success. However, it has all of the same problems as the original had. For starters, the story is rather weak. And this time, the length happens to be a bit of a problem as well. I don't exactly take extreme pleasure in spending 2 hours of my life on a mere light-show. I stuck around with ease, but would have wanted more for my time and money. The characters are equally as weak, although the actors that portray them are talented and show their ability to succeed. The film is plenty entertaining throughout, although fails to develop as anything more than the basic entertainment that Disney seldom fails to deliver. "Tron: Legacy" is what it is: a continuation of the pretty light show that started back in the 80's. This is an overall worthy sequel to "Tron", and it feels just right as far as a predecessor to a not-necessarily-awesome movie goes. Its eye candy and it does its job well. The only other complaint I have is that there were some moments where even the CGI overload couldn't stop me from being bored. But overall, "Tron: Legacy" gives you your money's worth of CGI pixel explosions, CGI Jeff Bridges clones, and Olivia Wilde. What more could you want out of a film in the "Tron" franchise? I say take the ticket if you're willing to take the ride.
If you remember the end of "Tron", then you'll remember that the problem was never truly resolved. The game world still existed, after all. I'm sure that Kevin Flynn would have been tempted to go back eventually. "Tron: Legacy" picks off where "Tron" never left off. Apparently, Flynn has a son named Sam. And apparently he's gone missing for quite some time, leaving his son to bask in the world's eternal loneliness while denying the crown of being the owner of ENCOM. No, Sam would rather be hacking into computers than giving orders. A chip off the old block, yes? Our old friend Alan Bradley confronts Sam about a certain, bothersome situation. He was paged last night from the arcade. He sends Sam in to investigate, and Sam discovers the master computer. He accidentally zaps himself into the game world, and is forced to learn the ways of the light bike, the disk, and ultimately find his father. He is greeted Clu, a clone of Kevin Flynn who is essentially his dark side. Clu tries to seduce Sam into his dark game through temptation, although Sam proves to be more powerful than he thought. Sam does confront and find his father as well as a woman named Quorra. Together, the three of them flee Kevin Flynn's former premises and attempt to escape to the real world for good. There's a lot of explosions, CGI lights, with people dying and…well, you get the picture. "Tron: Legacy" is by all means generic action film fare, although it's entertaining enough to pass as, well, entertainment. The story hurts the film a lot, since it's both weak and onfocused. The visuals are absolutely key here, although they can just barely make a movie on their own. Otherwise, this is another robot/technological film which simply doesn't have enough raw humanity inside of it to suffice as awesomeness. For awesome, see "The Terminator". For even better, see "Wall-e". "Tron: Legacy" is the very definition of cheesy Disney action entertainment, and I was indeed quite thrilled.
Jeff Bridges WAS the leading actor in "Tron". Now, the main character is Kevin Flynn's son Sam, played by Garret Hedlund. Hedlund, like every single actor in this film, does not feel as if he is portraying a character. If he is, then he's the generic hero type that we've gotten all-too tired of over time. Long story short, I won't call him good but I won't call him bad either. Olivia Wilde plays the love interest, and while she's nice to look at (isn't that why she's in it anyways?), I didn't get lost in her character at all. Wilde's dialogue was pretentious and gave off the impression that she was somewhat uncomfortable, although as far as a digitally-rendered human character goes, she wasn't actually that bad. Jeff Bridges gets to play two characters instead of one, which we all know is a pretty good thing. The thing that I find hilarious is how Clu, who Bridges portrays, is composed entirely of CGI. It's noticeable for some odd reason, although surprisingly well done as well. Also reprising his role from the original film is Bruce Boxleitner. He was pretty good as well. So you could say that it's a good ol' family reunion; "Tron" style. AND with a few surprise guests (which reminds me, Michael Sheen is also in this movie), all who are very welcome editions to the inhuman family of computer humanoids.
Why did I see "Tron: Legacy"? Did I see it because I found "Tron" to be good, or did I see it because the CGI looked dazzling. I might as well have seen it for both. "Tron" was by all means pretty average. It wasn't an art-house of talent and fun, but it was entertaining as far as the concept and effects went. I bet we all thought of how cool a remake of "Tron" would be, and instead of re-hashing the whole thing they made the sequel that they promised us. The special effects are equally as dazzling as the original effects were in the original "Tron". They don't do to today's cinema what they did to 80's cinema, but "Tron" is still high and mighty as far as a visually impressive film goes. The film lacks substance, but the style is more than enough to entertain. However, I found myself bored in some scenes. The CGI was so common that sometimes it stopped being fun to look at. But when "Tron: Legacy" decided to deliver on its promises of awesomeness and action sequences, I was very pleased. This is pure entertainment, perhaps not in its cheesiest form. I did not see "Tron: Legacy" to get a big-meaningful human story out of it. I went to see it because I'm somewhat of a huge-ass nerd, and the soundtrack was composed by Daft Punk (awesome). What's not to like there? I of course considered that "Tron: Legacy" was not going to be amazing, but I suppose it was somewhat worth seeing. It is made for entertainment and entertainment only. As long as it delivers on its promises, I'm OK with coolness alone.
I conclude that after 30 years, "Tron" is still the head-ache inducing, seizure-happy, fancy-ass light-show that it has always been. And I'm damn happy that it is. This is not at all an improvement on "Tron", but it's every bit as "good" as it all the same. I didn't find "Tron" to be the cult classic that others thought it was, although regardless of what I though they decided to make a sequel. Thankfully, they have created basic entertainment without insulting my intelligence. Disney is somewhat good at doing that. "Tron" is the kind of thing that only Disney would produce, for it is a tame yet action-packed family film. It's not too dark or confusing for children, although the adults will see it seeking nothing more than some seriously consistent visual thrills. The film gets a good vibe going, I must admit. I liked where it ended up. However, the plot was weak and the characters felt bland and rather boring. The film however, was pure entertainment. It is made for nothing but that. If it is flashing lights/colors that you seek, then look no further; "Tron: Legacy" is the newest addition to seizure-cinema. And it looks, on a visual level, mighty fine. I do not know if I should recommend it. Perhaps it is not worth the price of an admission ticket. However, it's some of the dumbest fun I've had in the cinema this year, and hopefully some will look past its many huge flaws and think the same. Do it for CGI. Do it for Olivia Wilde. Do it for "Tron". Hell, do it for entertainment. I promise you that whether you leave satisfied or disappointed, you will get something out of this visual acid-trip.
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“Tron: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.