It took 28 years for this sequel to get made. The wait works well, both in terms of plot elements, and in the ability to hit that “Wow” factor in the effects.

Cast and Crew Information

Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/Clu
Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn
Olivia Wilde as Quorra
Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley / Tron
James Frain as Jarvis
Beau Garrett as Gen
Michael Sheen as Castor
Anis Cheurfa as Rinzler
Serinda Swan as Siren #2

Screenplay by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who share story credit with Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski

Premise

After the original Tron, Kevin Flynn procreated and vanished. Now his son has the opportunity to find him.

High Point

This truly is a legacy to the original Tron. It captures much of the tone of the first, including the fact that the special effects break far more ground than the script. Every character is also thinking hard about the legacy he or she will leave behind. It’s thematically consistent from start to finish without losing subtlety. (I don’t think the word “legacy” is ever spoken aloud.)

Low Point

It took TWO DAYS to answer the page?

The Review

This is not original. It’s a sequel, and one that is very much consistent with the original, with a good injection of homages to the final sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. You don’t need to have seen the original recently to understand it all, although there is one critical moment (involving a laser) which may be slightly confusing to the new fans. I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects are excellent. There was a choice to use a combination of 2D (for the real world) and 3D (for the Grid) that harkens nicely back to The Wizard of Oz (1939). Injuries are impressive. The only aspect that seemed a little bit off was Clu’s face. I understand that programs wouldn’t age the way a human would, but a certain amount of flexibility was lost from the faces along with the signs of aging. As those are the only programs with that issue, it’s distracting. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is a little bit more involved than that of the original, but not a lot. Your five year old will not have a problem keeping up, at any rate. Aside from the low point, the logic holds, but the rest works. Even the low point is not so much a contradiction as an unanswered question. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is good. In fact, it’s more impressive than the original. Bridges and Boxleitner have kept working on their craft in the past 28 years, and the younger leads do their jobs nicely. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is very well done. As mentioned, there are references to the original, as well as Kurick’s work (including something I swear was a reference to A Clockwork Orange, but which involves spoilers and won’t be revealed in the body of the review) but these references feel natural, and do not prevent the filmmakers from creating their own look here, which evolves (or upgrades) that of the original. The editing works particularly well; unlike some recent movies, the action is easy to follow. The 3D effects are nice, particularly in contrast to the 2D scenes, but they never become the focus. This aspect was, perhaps, more impressive than the visual effects. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response was good. The story was predictable enough to keep me off the edge of my seat, but it was still enjoyable. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a solid flick. Expect to enjoy it while watching, and then move on, and you’ll have fun. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Tron: Legacy receives 30 out of 42.