Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) disappeared one day, leaving behind a son and an uber successful business, ENCOM. Twenty years later, Flynn's son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is unsure what to do with his life and with his power within his father's company. One evening Alan Bradley ( Bruce Boxleitner), Flynn's business partner, receives a page from Flynn's office sending Sam into the digital world his father created.
Let me begin this review with a tiny disclaimer. I have never actually seen Tron, the original film. But I thought that I was going to be okay because I figured most of the people who watched Tron: Legacy had never seen the first film. I was impressed and unimpressed at the same time. There some aspects of this film that were truly impressive--visual effects, music, and Jeff Bridges--of course. But the plot and many of the character's undeveloped parts kept the film from being better.
The plot was the main component holding the film back. It was basic and all-together very predictable. This is just another instance proving that movie producers and production companies truly believe that if enough explosions and special effects are attached to a film project that audiences won't be able to recognize the sub-par writing. I hope this will not always be the case.
But while studios may believe that all the special effects distract audiences from the bland writing, it actually makes it more apparent. The special effects--while no Avatar--are really, really fantastic. The suits and the light cycles were stunning. Not to mention Jeff Bridge's and Bruce Boxleitner's transformation to play CLU and Tron. While the digital makeup wasn't one hundred percent convincing, it is amazing to see how far technology has come and to imagine where it will take us in the future.
Tron: Legacy was exciting at times and visual stunning at most but overall it was a bit of a disappointment. There was a certain..lacking in the film as a whole. There were parts that were a bit confusing even for a fantasy/action/sci-fi lover like myself. It was an okay movie but I probably won't be watching again.