Disney's 1982 original may be unfamiliar to many, but many movies owe inspiration for story and effects to Tron, an ambitious video game adventure that utilized groundbreaking animation and computer generated visuals. Though it wasn't a box office smash at the time, it would become a favorite among 10-year-olds, a guilty pleasure among sci-fi loving adults, and ultimately a cult classic.

After all these years, and at a time when no '80s movie seems safe from being remade, Disney elected for a standalone sequel. Knowledge of the original film isn't necessary, though the little details and references sprinkled throughout help the visual experience. In any case, Tron: Legacy is a visual experience in need of help.

The first movie featured a video game programmer named Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) attempting to hack into the mainframe of Encom, his former employer, for proof of his stolen work. He ends up inside a virtual world where living programs bear resemblance to their users, battling each other in video games for survival and freedom/supremacy. With the help of a heroic security program named Tron, Flynn returns to our world victorious and becomes the head of Encom.

In Tron: Legacy, Flynn (Bridges, reprising the role) has mysteriously disappeared again, this time for nearly 20 years, leaving behind his Encom empire and his young son Sam. Without a father figure to guide him, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) grows up to be a sullen and reckless adult more interested in sabotaging his father's company than in running it. But when Flynn's old friend and business partner Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) receives a mysterious page from Flynn's office at a closed-down arcade, Sam decides to check it out. There he finds an old computer lab and before ...

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Tron: Legacy
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2 Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG (for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language)
Directed By
Joseph Kosinski
Run Time
2 hours 5 minutes
Cast
Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner
Theatre Release
December 17, 2010 by Walt Disney Pictures
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