Sean K. Cureton

Tron Has Never Looked This Good

In Movie Reviews: 2010 on January 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Tron: Legacy
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
3 out of 4 stars

After 28 years, it would seem as though Hollywood had completely forgotten about the 1982 Sci-Fi epic Tron. Based in a world very similar to our own, the 1982 film centered around video game designer Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, who was sucked into the computer program he had helped create. Inside the program, Kevin must fight for his own survival against evil “programs” within the computer system, which all look and act like neon-colored human beings. With the help of such good “programs” as Tron, played by Bruce Boxleitner, Kevin is able to make his way through the program by playing “games,” such as racing on high tech motor bikes and fighting in arenas against other “programs” with his identity disk. Eventually, Kevin gets back to the real world, and takes control of the company that he had been previously working for.

Now, with the 2010 release of Tron: Legacy, Disney has polished the world and basic plot-line of the 1982 film, and made it again for a whole new generation. Although Legacy is technically a sequel, one could very easily go to see it knowing nothing about the original film. This time around, the world of Tron focuses on Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, the son of Kevin who has been left by his father for nearly 28 years (seems fitting). Sam then enters the same program his father entered in the first film, only to find a much more colorful and sleeker world than the one his father entered 28 years ago. Sam then fights for his life, just like his father did, and finds his father who has been imprisoned by a “program” called Clu, played again by Jeff Bridges, and modeled after a much younger Kevin. After Sam and Kevin reunite, they decide to push ahead together to find their way past Clu, and out of the computer system. Ultimately, Kevin sacrifices himself for Sam, Clu is defeated, and Sam comes back to the real world to take control of his father’s old company.

Obviously, no one will be going to this movie for an exciting script and interesting characters. But that is not what makes this film franchise so much fun. Despite the fact that some of the characters are clunky, and the story is very predictable, the uniqueness of the world in Tron in and of itself is worth the price of admission. Where the 1982 film had very subdued colors, and a lot of the world was very confusing and hard to understand at times, Tron: Legacy is bright and polished, and the basic workings within the world are much easier to grasp this time around. Frankly, it’s been a long time since a Sci-Fi world looked this good.

Beyond that, Jeff Bridges is back, which is always great, and Olivia Wilde is fun to watch as the naïve program Quorra. Also, Daft Punk supplies all of the score in this film, which is original and fitting for the action taking place on screen. The electro-duo even makes a cameo appearence in the film, as two DJ’s in a club.

If you haven’t seen Tron: Legacy yet, and you tend to like Sci-Fi, go ahead and see it. If not, go and see it anyway, as it is very assessable, and has special effects that are much cooler than anything else these days (I’m looking at you Avatar). By being loyal to the original film, and by expanding the ideas of the original film so that it’s world is even more expansive and easier to understand, Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy is the best Sci-Fi film that has been released in a long time.

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