Posted on 12/29/10 03:39 PM
The original Tron, which was released back in 1982, was considered a highpoint in visual effects back in it's day. Now, 28 years later, we get to see the world of Tron again, and we get to see it in it's entire glory with the advanced technology that we have today. After just recently watching the original, it has sparked my interest in this sequel.
The film begins in 1989, where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) promises his young son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund as an adult) to take him to The Grid. However, two days later, his father disappears. Twenty years later, ENCOM executive Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) tells Sam to go to the arcade his father owned and find any information on Kevin's location. Sam discovers his father's secret laboratory behind a Tron arcade game, and while messing with the devices, transports himself onto The Grid. Upon arrival, he is taken to the arena. He also meets Clu (also played by Jeff Bridges), an exact copy of Kevin the way he appeared before his disappearance who controls The Grid. He is saved by Quorra (Olivia Wilde) just when Sam was about to meet his end. She reunites Sam with his father. Clu had betrayed him and Tron and brought about a genocide against ISOs that could unlock secrets to the world. The portal was also closed, which was why Kevin was unable to return to the real world. With the portal open, they take a chance and try to get back to the real world, although Clu and Rinzler (who is the brainwashed Tron) will stand in their way.
The story was overall okay, but is overshadowed by the visual effects. All it is is that it basically is about Sam trying to find and rescue his father. The highpoint of this movie are the visual effects, which are amazing. The best visual effects of 2010 and the 2nd best of all time behind Avatar, which was released a year earlier. There isn't much to say about the 3-D, which is only shown while in the world of Tron. The shots in the real world are in 2-D. To me, all it did was make some of the things on The Grid stand out more, especially during a scene where it shows Clu's entire army. Still, this movie is very likely to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
The other great thing about this movie is that it has Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, who were both in the original film. Jeff Bridges does really well as Kevin Flynn, maybe more so than in the original. He also performs quite well as Clu, the film's main antagonist. Garrett Hedlund does an okay job as Kevin's son, Sam, but doesn't add all that much. Olivia Wilde gives a decent performance as Quorra and also serves as good eye candy. Bruce Boxleitner also adds a nice touch as Alan and Tron.
Not sure what to say about it compared to the original, as I am not a true fan since I've only seen it recently. However, the movie shall prove to be a very delicious visual treat. Anyone who likes Tron or visually thrilling movies should definetly see this.