Sudipta Dey

Film: Tron Legacy
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Rate: Good

Back in 1982, when the original Steven Lisberger directed Tron released, it gave an engrossing insight to what goes on inside a computer. The sequal Tron Legacy takes it a step forward and shows how computer generated programmes can build an army to take over the real world. The filmmakers have utilised the three decades well as the sequel is a better, graphically enhanced version.
Jeff Bridges reprises his role of Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world’s leading videogame and technology developer. The film starts with his disappearance in 1985. Sam Flynn, (Garrett Hedlund) now a rebellious 27-year-old, is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin. When Sam investigates a strange signal supposedly coming from Kevin, he finds himself pulled into a digital Grid. There he meets his father, who has been held captive there by Clu, (Bridges) Kevin’s alter ego.
The Grid, a digitally modified set with laser beams running across, gives an imagery of a computer chip. There are a couple of brilliant shots in the film. The fluid camera movements often give a 360 degree view, adding to the 3D effect. Yes, the whole film is shot in 3D, which transports the audience into the computer generated world of the Grid. 
The film has a not-to-be-missed action sequence which adapts the original film’s cat-and-mouse light-cycle chase.
The film’s plot is interesting and the actors have done their bit. Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is the only one who looks convincing. He has essayed diametrically opposite characters with elan. Garrett Hedlund, with his boyish charm is a treat to watch. Michael Sheen, who appeares for a short while, deserves a mention for his portrayal of Castor and Zues. The British actor should have had more screen time.
There are a few flaws in the script which decrease the believablity quotient. The aged Kevin Flynn utters lines like “You’re messing with my Zen thing, man…”. Sam develops a strange romantic connection with Quorra (Wilde) a digital warrior, who later travels back with Sam to the real world.
The film spends considerable time in explaining its history. It oscillates between high-speed action scenes and overtly serious interaction between the father-son duo. At two hours and five minutes, the film is a treat for sci-fi film buffs and video-game lovers. Can’t say the same for all cinegoers.

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