The buzz that surrounded the release of Tron: Legacy fizzled out soon after its release, no thanks to an uninspired script, characters which are less than compelling and a story that never really takes off.
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Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Tron: Legacy is the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film, Tron, with Jeff Bridges reprising his roles as Kevin Flynn, the former CEO of ENCOM International and creator of the popular arcade game Tron who disappeared onto The Grid, a digital world created by himself 20 years ago.
Fast forward to the present, and the audience is introduced to Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the 27-year-old son of Kevin as well as the majority owner of ENCOM. A rebel of sorts, Sam has never really gotten over his father’s disappearance and while investigating the truth behind it, he is transported into The Grid himself. The father-and-son reunion, however, is marred by the machinations of Clu (also played by Bridges), a digital alter-ego of Kevin hell-bent on dominating The Grid.
The visuals don’t fail to transport you into the fantastical digital dimension, but all the cutting edge production design in the world cannot replace a good story, which is what Tron: Legacy sorely lacks—the dialogue is cringingly stilted once too many times. And whether intentional or not, the multiple references to Star Wars and The Matrix spoil the effect for those who are looking to be entertained not just through the eyes but the heart.