Plot – The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.
Director – Joseph Kosinski
Released – 2010
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Tron: Legacy is just how much of a visual feast it is, feeling both retro and futuristic at the same time, similar to an extended episode of Black Mirror and thanks to a great soundtrack put together by Daft Punk and Joseph Trapanese, almost ethereal at times, certainly carrying on the great work done to create this world in the first film.
With the acting, the limitations of the de-ageing software are plain to see and can be a little off-putting at times, however, Bridges reprising his roles from the first film remains charismatic as both the hero and villain, while Hedlund as Sam Flynn more than holds his own against a more accomplished Jeff Bridges. Rounding off the main cast, Wilde does her best with what she’s given, though her character is criminally underdeveloped. Leaving the character of Quorra as nothing more than a potential love interest for Sam, when there was scope for her to be so much more.
Sadly, however, all the spectacular imagery that they treat us to is sadly not backed up with an equally compelling storyline. Maybe it’s because I found the 1982 original quite derivative, but here the plot seems a little all over the place, attempting to give the story more weight by linking into real-world issues such as genocide and the Holocaust, but not committing enough to these plot elements to make it worth-while and leaving you with more questions than answers.
In the end. Tron: Legacy is a film that you should enjoy for what it is rather than what it could have been, sure there is a lot of pandering to fans of the first film which may just put off new viewers, but it still remains a beautifully filmed and fast-paced movie that shouldn’t be over-analysed.