Friday, December 31, 2010

Tron: Legacy

Disney's sequel to the 1982 film, Tron: Legacy tells the story of Sam. Sam's father, Kevin, disappeared twenty years earlier while working on a miraculous new video game world he had invented. Now grown up, Sam is somewhat mysteriously prompted to go poking around in the abandoned, dusty 1980s video game arcade his father had owned. And, in his father's secret workroom, through an extremely unbelivable turn of events, Sam is ushered into the video game world of Tron. The trailer for this film reveals the basics: Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin, having been trapped in what is called "The Grid" for two decades. Father and Son must team up to defeat the out-of-control program called Clu (also played by Bridges) and attempt an escape back into the "real world".

Of course, there's more to it than that. Much more. And that's the problem, maybe: the science fiction is way too much fiction and not quite enough science for our taste. Walking out of the theater, we had so many questions: "Why did he have to do that?" and "Why didn't he just do it that way instead?" and "How was it even possible for that to happen?" It was more implausible than The Matrix. But we both enjoyed watching the film anyway. Every scene is filled with futuristic furniture and vehicles and body suits and light beams. Every few minutes, somebody gets to fly around in a slick machine that makes your eyebrows raise. And the pace of the story is just quick enough to keep things interesting.

Maybe this film never could have fully satisfied the hopes of its fans or lived up to its potential, but it certainly was fun to watch. And, it's the second Jeff Bridges movie we've seen in the past eight days! So no complaining.

Brooke: B-
Grant: B-

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