TRON: Legacy
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +3

Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James†Frain. Sci-fi action. Written by†Eddy Kitsis & Adam Horowitz. Based on characters created by†Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

FILM SYNOPSIS: TRON: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the worldís leading video-game developer.† When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynnís Arcadeóa signal that could only come from his fatheróhe finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years.† With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universeóa universe created by Kevin himself. Presented in Disney Digital 3Dô and scored by Grammyģ Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy hits U.S. theaters on Dec. 17, 2010, in Disney Digital 3Dô and IMAXģ 3D.

Notes: ďAmong the filmís firsts: it is the first 3D movie to integrate a fully digital head and body based upon an existing actor, creating the younger version of Jeff Bridgesí character; itís the first movie to make extensive use of self-illuminated costumes; itís the first movie to create molded costumes using digital sculpture exclusively, creating molds directly from computer files using CNC (Computer Numerical Cutting) technology; itís the first 3D movie shot with 35mm lenses and full-35mm chip cameras; and itís the first movie to record uncompressed HD Video to Hard Drive.Ē

PREVIEW REVIEW: Though the original has a cult following (so Iím told), it was a disappointing Disney experiment for most others. Heavy on state-of-the-art special effects back in 1982, and with an interesting premise (a computer geek is sucked into a video game and has to fight his way out), that production left many dissatisfied, if not disoriented. With all its action and bravura, Tron lacked energy and sparkle. Same goes for this 28-year-old sequel. With a supporting cast badly lacking charisma, Jeff Bridges is left adrift in a sea of muddled nonsense.

For a film meant to be so inventive, the story and characterizations owe much to many other films. If youíre a film buff, you see bits and pieces from other oldies such as Frankenstein, Forbidden Planet, Loganís Run, Blade Runner and others. Thereís even one character whoís a gay-ish cross between the lead in A Clockwork Orange and Barberellaís Duran Duran. And if you can see through the faint photography and the shadowy script, thereís also some New Age angst coupled with the Garden of Eden theme of man wanting to be like God. But itís difficult to care about the cast long enough to get enthused with allegorical themes.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Disney

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: A few minor expletives and one obscenity.
Profanity: None
Violence: Video game violence, with faceless foes shattering like glass when they are killed. Blood: None- just a lot of shattered glass.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 127 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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