Like last-year’s CGI 3D holiday spectacle Avatar, you need to see TRON: Legacy on the big screen. Unlike Avatar, you don’t need to see it.
A sequel to 1982’s at-the-time state-of-the-art geekfest about a guy trapped in a computer, TRON: Legacy picks up 28 years later. Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges, reprising his role from the original) has been missing for 20 years, presumably lost somewhere in the grid -- the computer world he created years ago.
His 27-year-old son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) goes in after him. There’s a story here about Kevin’s evil computer-generated twin wanting to take over the real world, but the movie is really about all the awesome stuff that happens in the grid.
It’s a spectacular looking world, where digital lines, discs, and vehicles literally soar out of the screen (seriously – see it in 3D if you’re going to see it).
But it doesn’t amount to much – there’s no eco message at the movie’s core. The story is a mere blur trapped in a noisy mess of cool techy toys. --Michael Gallucci