Had More of a CLU
It's been many years since Sam Flynn's (Garrett Hedlund) father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges), disappeared, leaving him technically the CEO of ENCOM at a very young age but out of the blue Sam gets a visit from his father's old friend Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) as it seems Sam's father may have tried to make contact. Disbelieving Sam heads to his father's office at the arcade only to discover his secret office and then finding himself zapped into the virtual world his father created and had hoped to be the future of mankind. But Sam finds himself forced into playing the futuristic gladiatorial games whilst dealing with his father's creation CLU who is seeking to dominate not just the virtual world but also the real world.
I mentioned in my review of the original "TRON" that is never did it for me and as such I can't say that I was that enthusiastic when over a quarter of a century later we got a sequel although I did think that at least movie technology was advanced enough to do it justice. As it turns out "TRON Legacy" was a lot better than I expected from having an easier to follow narrative to those special effects which certainly are more impressive.
In truth it is the easy to follow narrative which for me makes "TRON Legacy" an improvement on the original as Sam gets drawn into the virtual world, gets drawn in to playing a couple of gladiatorial games and then finds his father who explains what has gone on. And that is simply his creation, CLU, has tried to create perfection but also wants what Kevin had which is access to the real world. There is more to this than just that with the creation of a special type of being but basically it isn't hard to follow and a nice vehicle for all the action and effects. In truth there is only one part where I questioned the storyline and that was when it felt like it was crossing in to the realms of "The Matrix" with Kevin, being the creator, having some mysterious power.
On the subject of Kevin of course we have Jeff Bridges and he certainly plays his dual parts well but this movie belongs to Garrett Hedlund and he delivers Sam in an entertaining manner, making him the handsome young hero with a sense of daring. Okay so the character is typical but it is appealing as is Olivia Wilde as Quorra. But to be honest these characters are not memorable and it does spring up from the fact there is something generic about the characters and storyline with that saving the day against a diabolical leader type storyline.
What this all boils down to is that "TRON Legacy" certainly entertained me a mot more than the original "TRON" ever did and in many ways it makes me realise that the original should never have been made when it was as technology wasn't advanced enough back then. But whilst entertaining, "TRON Legacy" is simply easy to follow entertainment for the masses which does give it a generic quality which might disappoint some.