The digital saga of Kevin Flynn continues. Rated PG (some intense action)
Like the 1982 original, long on visuals and short on story, making for a nifty-looking bore.
Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
Way back in 1982, before phones got smart and books lost their spines, Walt Disney Productions released "Tron," an early attempt to visualize a world inside a computer - what we'd now call virtual reality. Making unprecedented use of computer-generated effects, the movie created a new landscape of grids, planes and pixels. It was ambitious, cutting-edge and, unfortunately, pretty boring.
Nearly 30 years later, the sequel is hoping to prove it's not your father's "Tron."
There is a strong family resemblance. In the original, programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) was laser-beamed into a mainframe and forced to compete in arcade-style games to survive. The sequel, "Tron: Legacy," follows Flynn's son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), as he searches for his father in the circuitry. But my, how the cyber-world has changed.
Now it's filled with trendy architecture, designer women and fashionable ideas ("a system where all information was free"). Bridges again plays Flynn in laid-back Dude mode, but the actor has more fun doubling as the evil cyber-tyrant Clu. Hedlund's Sam gets to drive the glowing lightcycles, make eyes at punky-haired Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and hang out in a cyber-club with the flamboyant Castor (Michael Sheen, stealing the show). Look, up in the DJ booth! It's the French electro-duo Daft Punk, who scored the film.
Like the original, "Tron: Legacy" obsesses over technology and style but forgets important details like character and plot. The reason it already looks dated is because its timeless elements are missing.