Tron: Legacy (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: December 17, 2010
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Music by: Daft Punk, Gavin Greenaway, Joseph Trapanese, Toby Chu
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Yaya DaCosta, Cillian Murphy, Anis Cheufa, Steven Lisberger, Jeffrey Nordling, Daft Punk

Somewhere in 1989, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) the CEO of ENCOM International just disappear after visiting his son, Sam Flynn (Owen Best as child).

Twenty years later, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) becomes the biggest shareholder of ENCOM since his father’s disappearance. He rarely goes to ENCOM and only goes when there’s a Board of Directors’ meeting.

Alan Bradley, Kevin’s trusted friend and employee at ENCOM (Bruce Boxleitner) heads over to Sam’s hideout and advises him to lead ENCOM. Sam believes that his father is not dead and his disappearance is too suspicious because his father was excited about his new found codes and wants to show him but did not return. Then, Bradley tells Sam about his father’s pager that has been paging him like a distress call.

Sam Flynn found his father's working computer

Sam investigates the pager and arrives at Flynn’s Arcade. An arcade shop owned by his father. There, he found clues of a secret underground basement leading to his father’s work. He is surprised to find the system still works after twenty over years. He tabs a button and the laser begin to digitize him into the mainframe.

CLU (Jeff Bridges) - digital copy of a younger Kevin Flynn

He arrives outside of Flynn’s Arcade but in a modern and digital texture. And was captured by a Recognizer and reconstructed as a disc player. He is pitted against Rinzler (Anis Cheufa). During the match, Rinzler realizes that Sam is not a program but a “User”. He takes Sam to CLU, a digital copy of the young Kevin Flynn, a ruler of The Grid. Then CLU reveals to Sam that he is not his father and prepare him into a death match in a light cycle race. CLU almost kill Sam but was rescued away by Quorra (Olivia Wilde) to be reunited with his father, Kevin Flynn, an aging old man in white robes.

Quorra (Olivia Wilde) - the last ISO

Kevin explains that he had been working on a new, “perfect” system and had appointed CLU and Tron, a digital copy of Alan Bradley, as its co-creators.

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is excited to see his son

After much work, Flynn discovered a new series of sentient “isomorphic algorithms” (ISOs), self-produced Programs that spontaneously evolved in the system, which carried the potential to unlock mysteries in science, religion, and medicine.

Light Cycle

CLU considered these Programs to be an imperfection so he betrayed Flynn, defeated Tron (who sacrificed himself to give Kevin enough time to escape) and purged the ISOs in a genocide. Flynn also revealed that while he hid from CLU, the portal back to the real world had closed, making him captive of his own creation until Sam re-opened it from the outside.

In order to reopen the portal, they must defeat and delete CLU from the system. Quorra tells Sam about a program called Zuse can lead the way back to the portal. Sam reaches a place called The End of Line Club and met Castor (Michael Sheen), who also reveals that he is actually Zuse.

Castor/Zuse (Michael Sheen) - owner of The End of Line Club

Unfortunately, Castor betrays Sam to CLU’s guards. Kevin and Quorra arrives just in time to save Sam but Quorra was seriously injured. Castor also stole Kevin’s identity disc which contains all the information to be god-like. Therefore, he tries to strike a bargain with CLU but CLU destroys the club and had it shatter to bits of data.

On board a transport shuttle, Sam tries to heal Quorra and reveal to his son that she is the last remaining ISO. They arrive at a station armed with massive warship, military programs and encounter Rinzler. As Quorra attempts to distract him, Flynn recognizes Rinzler as a reprogrammed Tron.

CLU expresses his desire to enter the real world and enslave humanity. Sam saves Quorra from Rinzler and reclaims Flynn’s disc. But CLU, Rinzler and several guards pursue them in Light Jets. Quorra flies the light jet while Sam manned the rear turret and manage to shoot down the guards.

As Rinzler moves to destroy the shuttle, he makes eye contact with Kevin and his original identity as Tron suddenly resurfaces. Rinzler changes his mind and changes side the moment he shouted, “I fight for the Users,”. Tron collides with CLU’s Light Jet, destroying both vehicles. While falling, CLU wrestles Tron to obtain the spare baton which creates another Light Jet, and heads to the portal. Tron falls into the Sea of Simulation, where his armor reverts to its original blue.

Sam, Kevin and Quorra reach the portal, only to find CLU blocking their path. After attempting to reason with CLU, Kevin sacrifices himself which causes CLU to merge with him.

Sam and Quorra use Kevin’s disc to travel into the portal and back to the real world. Kevin and CLU’s merge causes a massive explosion that destroys them both, as well as CLU’s army and his warship and the entire program lost in limbo.

At the  Flynn’s arcade, Sam backs up the system onto his flash drive and shuts down, holding the Grid’s data on a computer chip around his neck. He then meets Bradley and tells him that he will start working at ENCOM. He also appointed Bradley as the new chairman of the board. Quorra meets Sam outside and rode off.

Reviewer’s Note:
Tron: Legacy continues from Tron after 28 years. The story begins with the disappearance of Kevin Flynn in 1989 and the search for Kevin. Sam Flynn, the son of Kevin, is all grown up. He went on a mission given by Alan Bradley and boom he’s in the digital world, met his father and a beautiful program.

This film totally lacks of a storyline but if you are too obsess with Tron, you won’t even know about it. That is really weird after Sam enters the digital world. It’s like he also disappear like his father and all the time he’s in the digital world and yet no one in the outside world reports his missing too.

The story jumps into the digital scene too quickly that we hardly know what is what for the new audiences. It just like one day, you were doing something and the next thing you know, shit happens. That’s really weird. Then he returns to the real world like there’s nothing. And how did Quorra happen to be outside waiting at his bike? Didn’t Alan Bradley notice of the girl at all? And of course when the hell did she exit so soon than him while his meddling with his father’s pendrive?

Overall, the film shows much of its digital essence of which we would want try out especially the light cycle and light jets if only that baton exist. Some scenes are a little dejavu to what has happen in The Matrix. Jeff Bridges is like the older Neo battling Agent Smith but CLU ain’t as bad-ass like Smith.

Truth is, the film is enjoyable. Love the music especially! Daft Punk rocks alright!!

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