Tron: Legacy

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Reviewed by Sam Robinson

Rated PG. Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

[Stars: 3/5]

Tron: Legacy was released a while ago but is still well worth a look on DVD. The film is a sequel to 1982’s Tron and like the original, features state-of-the-art computer animation.

The film opens with a scene from 1989, where software engineer Kevin Flynn (Bridges) tucks his son Sam into bed, before disappearing on his motorcycle and never to be seen again. Twenty years later, Sam (Hedlund) heads to his Dad’s closed and dusty arcade and gets sucked into ‘The Grid’ – a computer world created by his father. But things have gone awry in this world – a created avatar named CLU has betrayed his creator Kevin and sets a plan to exit the virtual world and enter our world.

There are so many parallels in this film to Biblical themes. CLU is made in his creator’s image but seeing CLU rebel against his creator reminded me so much of the way we all sin against our creator. Romans 8:7-8 says:

The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Thankfully for us Jesus has come to earth and paid the price for our rebellion against our creator God – and that is reality. In our reality and in this film, the son is the one through whom hope and freedom is given.

Tron: Legacy is full of incredible animation. The virtual world is so dark but the filmmakers have used these bright neon lights to distinguish the good characters from the bad. The grimy soundtrack by dance duo Daft Punk is also excellent.

But the big letdown of this film is the storyline – compared to the stunning visuals at times the plot and dialogue just seems bland. That said though, it does open our eyes to a broken world with restoration and salvation a necessary end. It’s just the journey to that point that could have done with some tweaking.

Tron: Legacy is a great family flick worth hiring out. I’m giving it three out of five stars.

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