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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tron legacy

Twenty years after his disappearance, Kevin (Jeff Bridges) still haunts the dreams of his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund). When Kevin’s old friend Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) asks Sam to investigate some strange happenings in Kevin’s old computer arcade he accepts. While there he is suddenly transported to The Grid, a digital world where his father is trapped. Helped by soldier Quorra (Olivia Wilde), they attempt to escape and evade the deadly machinations of CLU 2 (a de-aged Jeff Bridges) a hacking program determined to keep them in the realms of cyberspace.

Although Tron’s visuals were stunning, to be honest its story was somewhat risible. It was essentially a children’s fabled dressed in techno-hardware. Tron: Legacy is more adult in approach with an involving story and striking look blending perfectly. Whilst this doesn’t always work – the pacing occasionally drags with too much exposition – for the most part Tron: Legacy is a wild ride whose scope is only limited by the writers’ imagination. Importantly it maintains the ‘wonder’ of its unique world whilst updating it for modern audiences.

Chief to its success are great action sequences fully embracing its concept. Anything can suddenly happen – which it does – thereby keeping viewers on their toes. This is superbly highlighted by Daft Punk’s amazing synth-heavy soundtrack which enables Tron: Legacy’s cyber-scenery to come spectacularly to life. The actors manage to mostly withstand this sea of CGI effects to provide some good performances even if it’s unusual seeing an older Jeff Bridges going to battle against himself! Two of them means twice the acting gravitas of course with his co-stars gamely attempting to match his range.

Tron Legacy is a more than passable sequel to a memorable film. It’ll be very interesting seeing how it travels in the following years and whether it carves out its own reputation in an industry reliant on the CGI wonder it bravely pioneered. 

Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Produced by Sean Bailey
                     Jeffrey Silver
                     Steven Lisberger
Story by  Adam Horowitz
               Edward Kitsis
               Brian Klugman
                Lee Sternthal
Release date December 17, 2010
Running time 126 minutes

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