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It’s been about two decades since we first saw “Tron” as one of those TV movies of the week. While the basic story was fun (good versus evil, neon Frisbees, etc), the plot was somewhat convoluted for computer illiterates and quite honestly, a little corny. However, the florescent world that director Steven Lisberger envisioned is one of the most aesthetically pioneering landscapes ever captured on film. Originally a box office failure, “Tron” found a loyal and increasing fanbase that understood how ahead of its time this Sci-Fi darling truly was. Attempting to capitalize on the first movie’s longevity, and finally make a franchise out of it, Disney pushed “Tron: Legacy” as this Christmas’ showcase feature; And if something has to be said about the Mickey, the mouse doesn't play around: with a close to 200 million dollar budget and a 3-D wide release, a lot is riding on the light cycles of this revamped series.

Well, we are glad to report that for all those who put their roll of quarters away for a go at this sequel will not be disappointed, as “Tron: Legacy” honorably continues the visual dynamic that has made this series inspirational. New director Joseph Kosinski brings a darker, sleeker tone to Tron’s world, a place full of leather bound gladiators and neon red & blue architecture. A relative newcomer, Kosinski does steal, cough, borrow generously from Christopher Nolan’s tempo and shot selection, as evidenced in the film’s main live action sequence. Inside the digital city, Kosinski’s sense of fashion brings a runway sexiness not seen in a Sci-Fi since Luc Besson’s colorful “The Fifth Element.” Nevertheless, Kosinki and the technical team definitely reboot “Tron” from its DOS antiquities into the I-Mac age.

However, the film has a couple of bugs in its hard drive. The innocence of the first “Tron” suffers from the Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis’ screenplay, adding some religious and philosophical overtones that aspire to be mature but never develop beyond their broad surface. Tron’s world is in the balance of an aging computer programmer turned de-facto monk Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and an overzealous program with Hitler inclinations Clu (the computer manipulated young Jeff Bridges) in a vague worldview clash that makes “The Matrix” feel like a required viewing for a Ph.D thesis. While the attempt to make the Tron series profound is appreciated, this sequel nonetheless stumbles onto some of its predecessor’s silliness. Also, if you call your movie “Tron: Legacy,” please make sure the titular character has a legitimate reason to be there!

Nonetheless, some of the story’s shortcomings are brushed off, mainly by a solid performance by Jeff Bridges. His Flynn still carries a laid-back, good hearted nature that brought a lot of charm to the average computer geek. This time around, Flynn is a wiser sage who rediscovers his adventurous ways, while bringing genuine affection in the scenes with his son Sam (the franchise’s new lead Garrett Hedlund). As for the rest of the combatants, Hedlund is good as the freewheeling young Flynn, while Olivia Wilde’s Quorra is playful and incredibly beautiful. We just wished for more screen time for Bruce Boxleitner, whose poise was a great contrast to Bridges’ wildness.

Lastly, if ever was a film custom suited for specific musicians, “Tron: Legacy” and Electronica superstars Daft Punk, whose mind-blowing score is the pulse of this digital marvel, is it. The soundtrack is so good that at times we wondered if the film was a highlight reel from The Ultra Music Festival. Must investigate further…

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Tron: Legacy

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Credits:
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Written by: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Based on work(s) by: Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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