TRON brought back Kevin Flynn and Allen Bradley from the original TRON, which was fun to see them all grown up, twenty seven years later. The story centers around Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) doing his best to wreak havoc on his father’s company, now in the hands of some evil guy. He follows a page from his Dad to the old arcade shop and is accidentally transferred to The Grid, where his father has been for the last twenty years or so. He must help his Dad escape the world from his evil program Clu and with the help of a beautiful woman named Quorra (Olivia Wilde), they might be unstoppable.
Some of the pros of this film for us were first and foremost, the special effects and graphics. It was a fascinating world to explore and it was able to portray itself as beautiful as well as dangerous. The characters we meet along the way were interesting too. In particular, Michael Sheen made an appearance as Castor, the owner of the club End of the Line. The musical guest providing the awesome beats were Daft Punk, which make a brief appearance in the film as DJs. Speaking of End of the Line, the little hints of homage paid to the original were a real treat for fans of the original. End of the Line refers to the statement made by MCP after finishing each conversation with Dillinger. There was also a little hint dropped when we see the garage-type apartment that Sam is staying in by the water has a word spray painted on the outside saying Dumont, which was the name of the I/O in the original TRON who helped them to escape and send the message out.
As for the cons, they unfortunately outweigh the pros. The biggest problem we encountered was the script itself. The story was lagging so badly in places at times, it was hard to stay alert in the theater. We really didn’t want to be falling asleep in the theater for a film we had been anticipating for nearly a year. They spent so much time slowing the pace of the film to build story, but in those moments of lag, the story building was not really happening either. They just sat in silence at times and it got weird. The gaping plot holes also served to confuse us as to the motivation of certain character actions. For example, the entire motivation behind the character Tron in the film was lost on me. It is something in his last scene that just has me saying, “huh?” His character wasn’t even the antagonist or really even relevant, yet the film was named after him again. I think it was named TRON for recognition, but they could have made his character a bit more important, I loved him in the first one. One of the big ones is in the final scene, so I won’t ruin it for you, but that’s just bad writing if your final scene will leave people scratching their heads. They spent so much time developing story that we could have figured out ourselves and not enough on the parts that we needed filled in for us. I am just ashamed to say that the screenplay was written by none other than TWO writers from the show LOST: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. I love what these guys were capable of in LOST, but somehow the show ended and so did their talent for writing. Hopefully, they can get their groove back before another catastrophe puts them in the same boat as M. Night Shyamalan.