Review: Tron Legacy (2010)

“The page came from your dad’s office at the arcade. That number’s been disconnected for twenty years!”

Tron: Legacy is science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Garrett Hedlund (Eragon), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Olivia Wilde (Year One) and Michael Sheen (The Damned United). The film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Joseph Kosinski, this is his feature film debut.

Tron: Legacy is a sequel to 1982 film, Tron. This was directed by Steven Lisberger and it starred Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.

The plot of the film revolves around Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) who is still confused about the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). One night things change when Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) visits Sam about receiving a page from Kevin’s office, despite the number being disconnected for twenty years. Sam rides to his father’s desolated Arcade, he then pulls out the Tron Arcade game unit and finds his father’s office. After trying to access his computer Sam then gets transported into the digital world that Kevin has been trapped in for twenty years.    After being reunited with his Father, Sam and along with Quorra (Olivia Wilde) a fearless warrior make a life or death pursuit to get out of the advanced digital world.

I’ve been waiting to see Tron: Legacy for nearly a year, ever since I saw the first trailer snippets but back then it was simply called ‘TR2N’. The film is of course visually stunning and Joseph Kosinski does a great job. There’s always a risk when making a sequel of an iconic film, especially given the time in between them as well but it gets pulled off to create an exciting digital adventure. Unlike certain old sequels like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps which also came out this year. The soundtrack was fantastic which I was expecting, it featured original material from Daft Punk.

The acting in the film though wasn’t superb but it did its purpose, with Jeff Bridges ageing character Kevin Flynn and his zen like attitude it almost felt like ‘The Dude’ from “The Big Lebowski” was in the digital world. Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn did a good job and I felt at least visually they got a guy who could pass as Jeff Bridges son.

One slight negative aspect of the film however is its 3D element which I felt disappointed at. I’m not a fan of 3D anyway but Tron: Legacy didn’t wow me with it and felt I enjoyed it a bit less because of the distraction of 3D glasses. I feel that this film will look much better in 2D and in IMAX. In conclusion though I really enjoyed the film and met nearly all my expectations with this visually stunning adventure. I’m giving it 4/5.

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