Tron: Legacy

One of the biggest science fiction movies of the last was Tron: Legacy.  In the long awaited sequel to the cult 80’s film Tron, Tron: Legacy continues the story of the Grid.  Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) struggles with the disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and his legacy.  Sam finds his way into the Grid and finds Clu, the ruler of the Grid and a copy of his father.  After discovering Clu has pitted the Grid against Kevin Flynn, Quorra (Olivia Wilde) reunites Sam with his father as they work together to get out alive and destroy Clu.

From the first moments of Tron: Legacy you are introduced to Kevin Flynn, but not Jeff Bridges.  For all the technological achievement garnered by the original and the superb CGI scenes of the sequel, the computer generated image of a younger Jeff Bridges was down right creepy. The CGI Jeff Bridges impersonator was also used for Clu.  I understand the need to show the age difference but I just found it distracting.  At times I questioned whether or not it was even Bridges.  While I am talking about Bridges, the screenwriters must have written the character around him.  Multiple times throughout the film Bridges delivered lines with a ‘dude’ like flair.  I was waited for him to walk up to Clu and say “chill out man”.

You cannot talk about Tron without mentioning the light cycle match.  Many of you may have heard of Tron because of the game.  In the game the user pilots a motorcycle which leaves a colored wall.  The objective is to trap the opponent and defeat them by forcing them to collide with your colored wall. In the film, the course is a multiple layered field with formidable players.  The speed and the high flying action provides a beautiful display of light with disastrous conclusions – a highlight of the film for sure.

The world of the Grid is a futuristic utopia.  Industrial gray streaming with light, the Grid becomes a city in the wastelands.  The costumes and people are what you would expect from a science fiction movie but executed very well.

bA special mention to Michael Sheen needs to be made.  His character was a flamboyant club owner and early program named Castor.  His presence was unnecessary and embarrassing.  After playing Tony Blair, I thought his career was going to spiral up towards award nominations but his film and character choices leave plenty to be desired.

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