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TRON: Legacy, geeky ac­tion-fan­tasy myth, rated PG-13, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, 2.5 chiles

ICon­fes­sion: I have never been able to sit through all of TRON, Dis­ney’s 1982 sci-fi fan­tasy land­mark star­ring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleit­ner. Ev­ery time I’ve tried, I’ve ei­ther dozed off or left the room frus­trated. While TRON cer­tainly has its place in film his­tory for ground­break­ing CGI ef­fects, the story (if you could call it that) is head-scratch­ingly im­pen­e­tra­ble and lame. I’m not alone in think­ing this, ei­ther — though TRON de­vel­oped a strong cult fol­low­ing, it was a flop at the box of­fice, re­port­edly los­ing mil­lions of dol­lars. Ob­vi­ously, I was skep­ti­cal when I heard about Dis­ney’s de­ci­sion to make a se­quel — and even more concerned when my edi­tor asked me to re­view it.

The good news is you don’t re­ally need to be fa­mil­iar with TRON to en­joy or make sense of TRON: Legacy (al­though ac­cord­ing to my geek sources, the film in­cludes enough nods and in­side jokes to al­low fans to feel quite pleased with them­selves). Legacy is much like its pre­de­ces­sor: the best things about it are com­puter-gen­er­ated. It’s vis­ually sleek and daz­zling, but the story isn’t a whole lot bet­ter.

Sam Flynn (Gar­rett Hed­lund) hasn’t seen his com­puter-ge­nius fa­ther (Bridges) since 1989. Back then, we see in an in­tro­duc­tory flash­back, Flynn tells Sam a bed­time story about EN­COM

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