The legacy of “Tron” is kinda hard to describe especially if you don’t really know the full story. I’ve only heard and seen bits and pieces about the original “Tron” movie for years, so I at least have an idea what the movie is about. Even in the “Kingdom Hearts” videogames for Playstation 2, there was a full level featuring the “Tron” characters and their story. But for this movie, almost none of that matters. You could watch this flick and not have to know too much about the original film to know what happens. But let me tell you what this flick IS about….
“Tron: Legacy 3D” is all about state-of-the-art CGI technology and a less-than-stellar “sequel” story. The story works out like this – Son loses father in the 80′s, son receives message from beyond in the present day, Son enters the Grid, son finds father, son and father fight bad guys, Olivia Wilde, and Happily Ever After! Sorry, but its the best way to describe the thin plot of this movie! The special effects are quite the sight in 3D, but as a fan of videogames like Final Fantasy, its nothing that I myself haven’t seen. Future worlds and flying machines are SO 2001!
Jeff Bridges pretty much steals the show from under himself playing both old Kevin Flynn and his younger counterpart CLU. Anytime the old Flynn showed up onscreen, the movie pretty much stalls for exposition. It’s only when the young CLU shows up that the movie picks up steam and the story finally gets moving. CLU is a deluded badass and the CGI used to digitally “de-age” Jeff Bridges is quite impressive (although the CG looked like crap in the flashback scenes). The only thing that kinda turned me off was when Bridges would enter “The Dude” mode and say stoner lines like “Hey, check it out, man!” Funny, but distracting at the same time.
Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn does an okay job of being the protagonist and hero. As the main character, he essentially doesn’t end up being the crutch of the movie, so most of his scenes only hamper the time before the scenes with CLU appear. And even as the movie winds to its explosive finale, it’s CLU that still steals the show.
And as for Olivia Wilde as Quorra, her role is a mixed bag. Her character is quite naive at times but not really tough, either. The trailer and ads show her as some Ninja-type assassin but don’t be fooled! Most of the time, she just appears as eye candy and when she finally does show some toughness, her time gets cut short. And since there’s no love story between Quorra and Sam (just a few “bonding” moments), she ends up being just “there”.
The movie itself is technical marvel. Great special effects and groundbreaking facial CGI on Jeff Bridges are the real reason to see this movie. CLU steals the show from everyone and seeing young Jeff Bridges onscreen in his black-and-orange suit is all the movie needs. Forget about the story! Oh, and speaking of the story, while the story itself isn’t all that difficult to follow (though some may disagree with me), it really becomes more about the special effects than whether or not the good guys emerge victorious.
In the end, “Tron: Legacy 3D” is all about flash with little substance. Olivia Wilde is wasted as a character (she doesn’t even get objectified, C’MON with that!) and a young Jeff Bridges steals the show. Watch it for the special effects and don’t concentrate too hard on the story. If you can do that, then MAYBE this movie may be a nifty little 3D experience.