Groovin’ in the Grid
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