Review

Tron Legacy follows on from the first Tron film which was originally released in 1982 and became a cult hit, taking arcade gaming and the Computer age (as it was back then) to a new level. Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn) was a cool dude, owner of Flynn’s Arcade and a hacker. The company Flynn used to work for, Encom, had stolen code from Flynn which would have made him a millionaire. Intent on regaining credit for his stolen code, Flynn embarks on a journey into the Computer World with help of his friends Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) and Lora (Cindy Morgan). Their Computer World alternates were the key to the success of Flynn’s adventure with Tron being the ‘good code’ sent in to help battle the corrupting bad code. With us so far?

Well lets zoom forward a few years and Jeff Bridges, aka Kevin Flynn, has a young son (Sam Flynn played by Garrett Hedlund). After Flynn snr disappears one night after working late leaving young Sam on his own, the boy grows up thinking he had been left by his dad. In steps Alan (Boxleitner) as Flynn’s old friend to give some advice and pass on a message of being contacted by a disconnected number originating from Flynn’s Arcade.

Sam Flynn investigates and is soon transported into the Computer World where he meets much more than he ever thought he would.

We won’t spoil any of the story for you as although its a pretty straightforward plot, there are a couple of neat twists along the way. Needless to say, since the original Tron in 1982, the most impressive development in the Computer World are the CGI and the world itself looking much more like a digital city rather than a film set with neon everywhere.

Some of the original characteristics of the original Tron have also had a makeover for Tron Legacy – for example the ‘Space Paranoids’ craft that were so looming and clumsy in the first film have now been revamped and given a bit of an edge to their fight. The famous Light Bikes are also looking a lot more impressive – in fact the Light Bike game battle is incredible to watch and daunting to think of playing (for anyone who ever played the original Tron Arcade game!).Tron Legacy Film Review PlayEject

Of course the discs are back – the frisbee looking objects that hold each ‘programs’ data on its back and is used as a weapon for the games that are played throughout the Computer World by the mysterious Users via their Program counterparts. These make for some great fights throughout Tron Legacy and have some distinctive choreography not too dissimilar from The Matrix.

Michael Sheen pops up in the Computer World and is, as always, brilliant at animating the scene taking it from being just another scene to something much more.

As fans of the original Tron, we have to say that we weren’t let down in any way with Tron Legacy. The CGI used to constantly create the young Jeff Bridges as Clu (the Computer World alter-ego of Kevin Flynn) is spectacular and the action and fight scenes are brilliant to watch.

Because Tron Legacy may be preconceived by some as ‘geeky’ because of the original being so Computer-orientated (at a time when computers where seen really for geeks), it might not be given a fair chance by everyone. Its fair to say that you don’t have to have seen Tron to understand Tron Legacy but its a bit like watching Star Wars Revenge of the Sith without knowing who Darth Vader is!!

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