Waiting 28 years for anything, much less a movie, is a long time. Such is the case with Tron: Legacy, whose predecessor came out all the way back in 1982. If that seems like a lifetime ago, that’s because in many ways it is. Think about how much has changed over the last couples decades. When taking that into consideration, one can’t help but wonder if a sequel to an obscure cult film from the early eighties is relevant or worthwhile. Who cares; it’s in 3D!
Tron: Legacy picks up where Tron left off: Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) continues to visit The Grid, a world he created within a digital realm. During one of his visits, he becomes trapped by his digital counterpart Clu and goes missing in the real world. Twenty years later, Kevin’s son Sam, a reluctant heir to the throne at Encom, the company his father started, decides to try and find his father after receiving a mysterious page. From there, the movie gets so nerd-tastic, to explain the plot any further would not do it justice.
This mostly has to do with the fact that Tron: Legacy looks amazing. The visual FX and production design are easily the most impressive part of this movie. Aesthetically it borrows heavily from The Matrix but there’s enough originality from the Tron universe to make it not seem completely derivative. The 3D aspect didn’t really seem to add anything extra to the film like it did with last year’s holiday season hit, Avatar. In fact, Tron: Legacy and Avatar are very similar. Both are visually impressive and are fun to watch and experience and both have a plot that you can take or leave. I understand concentrating on making a movie that is a spectacle for the eyes but at some point you have to have character developement and human emotion to drive the story.
Jeff Bridges is a great actor who can do both of those things in his sleep but even he, like the rest of us, just needs to check out every once in a while and enjoy a visually impressive movie. Garrett Hedlund as Sam and Olivia Wilde as Quorra, the last of the ISOs (I don’t really feel like explaining what that means), are serviceable in their roles but those performances seem to indicate that they knew they wouldn’t be the stars of the movie. They probably went into making the movie much the same way I went into the theater to see Tron: Legacy; I knew I would get a weak plot but an awesome movie to look at. With that attitude, I enjoyed this movie very much.
Tron: Legacy is now playing at the Cinemagic Hooksett and Merrimack.