Just let me lead with this: I love the first Tron. I love it so much so that when the second movie was just about to hit theaters and people – one of them being my favorite science fiction writers – said that they weren’t too excited for the new movie to come out because the first wasn’t that good to begin with, I stood up and staunchly defended the original Tron movie while at the same time wanting to believe that Tron: Legacy was going to be something truly magical.
It seems now that I might have expected too much.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you all the reasons why I think this movie sucked, because, honestly, there aren’t a whole lot of reason why I didn’t like the movie. The special effects are like nothing that I have ever seen, and the climax of the story was well done. But other than the ending, the story was plot thin, and I was kind of hoping that of all the money they pumped into the movie that some of it would go to writing a well thought-out script.
The movie begins with the disappearance of Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges), leaving the company he created, Encom, in limbo as well as his son, Sam Flynn, without a father. Years later, when Sam is grown and a troubled adult, his father’s former partner and friend, Alan Bradley, visits him, saying that he has gotten a page from a number that used to belong to his father but was disconnected years before. He urges Sam to go by his father’s old arcade just to see, which he does.
There, like his father years earlier, Sam is transported inside the computer and immediately thrown into the “games.” When Sam is discovered to be a “User” and not a program he is taken before a man who on the outside looks exactly like his father, but isn’t. When the truth is discovered, Sam is thrown back into the games where he is almost successful in beating his opponent before being rescued by a women named Quorra. He is then taken to see his real father who has aged to become an old man, he then learns the truth of Clu, the Kevin Flynn look-alike who has turned this digital utopia against Flynn in an attempt to make the perfect society. He also tells Sam of ISOs or isomorphic algorithmic that could potentially unlock the mysteries of the universe, of which Quorra is one.
My main issues with the film stems from the fact that there seemed to be a rich history in what we learned about the characters and society of this world that was simply glossed over or left untouched in order to make room for the special effects that dominated the movie; that and the fact that I watched the movie in 3D even although most of the movies seemed to be filmed in 2D – that was an extra $10 waisted.
All-in-all, the movie wasn’t horrible but it was a reminder why I don’t go see movie in the theaters anymore, and opt instead to wait until they are released on DVD or Bluray.
Rating (Out of 5):