Tron: Legacy was an entertaining follow-up to its 1982 original, but all and all it didn’t have too much depth. 20-some years later, Kevin Flynn, (Jeff Bridges) creator of Tron, a virtual world, is still stuck in the digital world after his creation back-fired on him. Kevin’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is mysteriously led to his father’s underground office to enter the digital world and go on a quest to save his father.
I better liked the world of Tron in the original. Obviously, the 1980s world was more kitschy than the overdone world in 2010’s film by way of technology. But an element of that video-game feel was lost. This more advanced technology was emphasized by the IMAX 3-D. I personally didn’t notice much of the 3-D in the film mainly because I wasn’t looking for it. There were some moments that it added to the film.
Eric Robinette agrees that a little something is missing, “I strongly suspect that when people talk about Tron: Legacy 28 years from now, they won’t be viewing it through the nostalgia glasses. If anything, it’ll be 3D glasses.”
The background information in the early scenes gave good context as to what’s happened in the world of Kevin Flynn since we left him in 1982. We receive in the sequel an update on the relationship between Kevin Flynn and his work and how that strained the relationship with his son. In the aftermath of his father’s disappearance, Sam is struggling to come into his own and rebels rather than tries to better himself. Once the two men are reunited I expected a warmer reception but the characters seemed cold and distant.
One thing that has improved since the 1980s is having more intense action. Tron: Legacy had some great suspenseful moments where the young Flynn was seconds from becoming digital dust. Robinette says of the film’s action, “It looks great, and director Joseph Kosinski stages the action scenes with flair. A chase with flying vehicles is dazzling, and Kosinski wisely shot the movie with 3D cameras.”
Jeff Bridges has definitely aged in this film but he was humorous as always. Given Kevin Flynn’s almost prisoner status, the character majorly lost the fresh zeal he used to have when he was just creating Tron. Garrett Hedlund has had some experience (Four Brothers) but has really debuted this year with this film and Country Strong. He’s slated to work beside Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Kirsten Dunst in 2011’s On the Road. Olivia Wilde played a supporting role in the film as Kevin Flynn’s mentee and subsequent love interest to young Flynn.
Read Robinette’s full review here.