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RANT: I reviewed the comments that I have received for previous reviews. One of the comments stated that I explained 127 Hours, but failed to really review it until the last paragraph. So, to the writer who remains anonymous, I will try to do better!
SYNOPSIS: After his father has been missing for several years, Sam Flynn is accidentally digitized into the Grid - a computer world his father recreated. Once there, both elder and younger Flynn must fight against Clu who has been programmed to create an Utopia.
Twenty-eight years ago, Disney released Tron, a movie that received lukewarm reception and box office. Although visually immersed and nominated for two Academy Awards (Sound, Costume), no one would have imagined that a sequel would or should be put into play. But Disney, a studio that decided that a amusement park ride about pirates would make a good film, sometimes knows better than the rest of us.
When Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, disappears, his son Sam, played by Garrett Hedlund, is left as the major stakeholder of software giant Encom. When Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), a partner of Kevin Flynn, receives a page from Flynn's shutdown video arcade, Sam stumbles across his father's hidden office. Once at his father's desk, he is accidentally digitized and sent into the same computer world that his father disappeared into many years ago.
Parts Blade Runner, The Matrix, Hackers, Star Wars, Gladiator, and of course the original Tron,Tron: Legacy is a visually stunning science fiction adventure. The memory disks that the programs wear on their back are almost as cool as a light saber, and more functional than a Swiss army knife - especially during the gladiator battles. The light cycles, other vehicles on and off the Grid, and the Tron world are beautifully designed and executed. Clu, the command program Kevin Flynn creates to design and build an utopia society in his absence, is rendered perfectly in Jeff Bridges' own young image. My only complaint is that regardless of how far the CGI technology has come to create a young version of Bridges, as soon as the construct Clu opens his mouth to speak, you can see that the design studios still have a ways to go before perfection is achieved.
And perfection is what the program Clu is trying to achieve. Coded to create an utopia as Kevin Flynn saw it, Clu did as he was tasked. But in the pursuit of excellence, Utopian society looks something more akin to tyrannical oppression of anything other than conformity. What lengths will one go to in order to reach their goals?
The story is computer world cool, creating a world that is 600hz hi-def plasma perfect. All of the best elements of the original are brought well into the new millennium. If you liked the original, you will like this one as well. The plot is a little deeper, the spectacle a little bigger. The question will be whether the sequel will hold up to scrutiny better than the original.
Worth: Matinee or BluRay