Almost thirty years ago a movie was released that was ahead of its time and pushed the boundaries of special effects. That movie was “Tron”. At the time, a lot was made of this futuristic film and how it was pushing the boundaries of movie making and believability in what the future could hold. This was, however, before the birth of the internet, cell phones, video games that are played according to your body movements, and cars that can drive themselves. So, it shouldn’t have been any surprise when it was announced that a sequel to “Tron” was in the works. Thus we have “Tron Legacy”, the follow up to the original cult classic from first time filmmaker Joseph Kosinski.
I admit that it has been a long time since I’ve seen the original “Tron”, probably more than 15 years or so. My grasp of that story line is a little fuzzy, but I remember that Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, has built his own civilization within a video game he has created called “Tron”. In this world of Tron, he has also created a virtual version of himself to oversee all that takes place and how the world is evolving and he calls this overseer Clu. Apart from this basic plot description, that’s about all that I remember from this film. So, going into see the new movie, I was really a blank slate and was looking forward to seeing this series brought into the 21st century.
We begin by being introduced to Kevin Flynn’s son, Sam. We see their last conversation when Kevin is much younger and Sam is just a boy. Little does Sam know that it will be the last time he sees his father before the game takes him away. Years later, Sam receives a page on a beeper from his father’s old number at the arcade he worked in and had his office at. There he sees the Tron video game and once he goes to it, he is drawn into the world his father created and where he has been held captive for 20 years. I was really pleased with the continuation of the story line from the original film. It was good to see them connect the films despite the length of time between them. It was also great seeing Jeff Bridges return to the role he created so long ago, and also playing a younger version of himself, thanks to the nifty effect of de-aging him to look as he did 25 years ago. Even with the introduction of Flynn’s son, this film is still lead by Flynn himself. He knows he needs to take out Clu, but he can’t do it alone and therefore brings Sam in to assist.
I really enjoyed this movie and it made me want to see the original again as soon as I can. Thank goodness it’s being released on blu-ray next month. I hope that they are able to explore this world even further. It seems that there is so much more to be explored in this world of Tron. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 30 years before we see it again.
J.Chandler – Grade: B
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Gone is the blue skirt, now it’s skin tight blue pants and boots. The figure-hugging costume is also somewhat more bold in coloring than expected, but does include the superhero’s signature lasso and cuffs.