Reckless vigilante, Sam Flynn, knows his father was the leader of a technology empire but had no idea what his father had accomplished since his disappearance during his childhood. A random phone call leads him to an old arcade, which just happens to be a portal to a virtual world, led by a lookalike version of his father named Clu. Far outside of the Grid, he discovers his father (Kevin Flynn) has been hiding out for years since Clu has overtaken the digital world. Without a clear way to return to the real world, Sam, Kevin and fearless warrior Quorra search for a way to find the portal that could take them home.
Starring: Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn/Clu), Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra), Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley/Tron), James Frain (Jarvis), Beau Garrett (Gem), Michael Sheen (Castor / Zuse), Daft Punk (Masked DJs)
Jeff Bridges takes a slight detour from some of his more recent roles to serve a a split personality character. His portrayal of Flynn takes a path of fear and hopelessness to strength and heroism. Besides one particularly dramatic moment near the end, he seems to be a bit more stoic than his transformation would suggest. On the other hand, his presence as Clu is much stronger. Ignoring the graphic changes with his age, he exhibits both strength and focus as all of his decision appear unflinching. Garrett Hedlund serves as the reckless son of the programmer and maintains a solid balance of curiosity, tension and bravery. Olivia Wilde provides a programmatic presence like Clu but with a bit more openness to exploration.
There are a number of classic sci-fi stories that get rebooted or extended, but this one seems to perfectly allow for the extension of the original. The first TRON was focused on Kevin Flynn and his adventures on the Grid. This second one is occurring 28 years later, with his son getting in on the action. The story is solid and represented well through the graphics and 3D effects. The whole experience is enhanced further with a killer soundtrack with the perfect casting of Daft Punk (also appearing in the film itself). On the other hand, the superimposing of the young Jeff Bridges for Clu was not so well coordinated. In several scenes, his face looked overly animated and unnatural. While Zuse is highly entertaining, it is difficult to connect with the other characters in the movie. It is still a solid film with a lot of action and strong techno soundtrack.
I was not originally going to see this film (especially in 3D), but I ended up enjoying it in the end. It is not spectacular, but it is entertaining.
Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5