Published December 15, 2010
Big, flashy and dull dull dull – that’s “Tron: Legacy,” a movie that has a lot more computer power – but barely any more brain power – than the 1982 original.
Never mind that they are able to make Jeff Bridges look both his own age – 61 – and the way he did in 1982. Never mind that this movie-sized video game is available in IMAX 3D.
The point is the same as it always was: There’s nothing going on here.
Set about 30 years after the original, this film focuses on Sam (Garrett Hedlund), the son of Kevin Flynn (Bridges), who disappeared when Sam was a kid. Sam is a computer whiz – and he too gets sucked into “The Grid,” the digital universe that trapped his old man.
There, the digital Sam must find his father and stop CLU (played by Bridges with a computerized facelift to look like he’s in his 30s). CLU is a program who wants to escape from the computer and take over the world.
Wait a minute- didn’t the computers take over the world in “The Terminator” and its sequels? Don’t these computers talk to each other?
Big flashy action sequences? Yes, this film has them.
A workable plot? Intelligent dialogue? Believable characters? Sorry – someone must have hit the “Delete” key.
“Tron: Legacy” is silly and empty. Time to hit the reset button.
1 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)