movie review It's hard to judge "Tron: Legacy" in a vacuum, as most will naturally look to the original 1982 film for comparison.
That said, even if you've never seen the original, you can still enjoy the new movie. There are enough flashbacks and explanations that you won't miss out on much. But that doesn't mean it doesn't draw a steady stream of influence from the original, with nods peppered throughout to keep fans happy.
I won't explain the whole plot here, but in general, it's as much a reboot as it is a sequel. Kevin Flynn, played perfectly by Jeff Bridges--who sometimes seems to channel The Dude from "The Big Lebowski"--disappeared 20-odd years ago. His son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), bitter about mysteriously losing the dad he loved, gets paged to Flynn's abandoned video arcade. There, he finds his dad's secret super-computer workshop and gets himself blasted into the world of Tron that Flynn had created.
This transition was a neat trick, and one I didn't anticipate. Watching the first 20 or so minutes of the film, I was disappointed at how the 3D looked. But then I realized it wasn't 3D, but regular 2D. The 3D, which looks spectacular, starts the moment Sam (and the viewers) enter the Tron world. It's a trick reminiscent of the black-and-white-to-color gimmick in "The Wizard of Oz." This is also where the Daft Punk score kicks in, and in some ways it's as much a character as anyone else in the film. There's been a lot of hype about it, and it's all legit.
Another highlight of the film, which opened nationwide at midnight last night: the requisite light bike scene, which is great. It very much resembles the gameplay I've seen in the "Tron" games coming to consoles and it made me want to play right there in the theater. … Read more