Star cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde.
Director: Joseph Kosinski.
Plot: Sam Flynn enters the digital world to look for his father, Kevin Flynn, and finds that the world has been taken over by his father’s digital clone, Clu. Will he triumph against the dark forces?
What’s Good: The digital world – it is visually fresh; the action sequences.
What’s Bad: The weak script; the film is boring in the middle.
Verdict: Tron: Legacy fails its legacy because of the weak story.
Loo break: Anytime during the middle portion of the film.
Walt Disney Pictures’ Tron: Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 science-fiction movie, Tron, which talked about an alternate digital world, populated by software programs and users (humans). Kevin Flynn, the world’s leading video-game developer, had built this parallel digital reality called The Grid. Kevin enters The Grid and is unable to make his way back into the real world, leaving his young son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), an orphan.
The story of Tron: Legacy begins from this point onwards. Sam is now a rebellious 27-year-old, haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He is an avid biker and hacker, just like his father. But he is disinterested in the legacy that his father left him, the world’s foremost technology company, Encom. In fact, he even steals the company’s latest software and puts it up on the internet for free. When his father’s friend, Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), comes calling one night, Sam shouts at him for his father’s disappearance. Bradley tells Sam that he received a pager from a phone in Kevin Flynn’s video game parlour. He asks Sam to investigate.
Once inside the defunct parlour, Sam finds a hidden underground lab. He tries hacking into one computer, and within minutes, is transferred to The Grid, which is a digital universe full of vehicles, weapons and landscapes.
Within The Grid – where software programs take human form – Sam is forced into a hi-tech gladiatorial arena. Defeating several programs, he emerges victorious. In a final fight with Rinzler (Anis Cheurfa), he tries to escape but is apprehended and taken to Clu (Jeff Bridges), his father’s digital clone, who had snatched the control of The Grid from his father and Tron, the hero of the original film.
Clu wants to test Sam and puts him in a dangerous car-fight game but Sam is rescued by Quorra (Olivia Wilde), his father’s assistant. Finally, Sam meets his father, Kevin Flynn, but Kevin is a changed man, he doesn’t want to put up a fight against Clu. In the meanwhile, Sam and Kevin’s only way back to the real world, the portal, is fast closing. They must hurry or they will be stuck here forever, just like Kevin was, years ago. Sam surreptitiously plans to attack Clu and reach the portal with Quorra’s help. Will he succeed? Will Tron, the original hero of The Grid, make a return? Will Kevin Flynn’s dream of building a perfect world survive? The rest of the film answers these questions.