It may seem to be an old, well-worn cliché to have a belated sequel with the original star — a bit too long in the tooth — on hand to introduce the main character’s son as a way to have someone take on the action required for the next instalment. But with this year’s “Tron: Legacy,” the plot device seems to work, it seems to fit just right.
Following on from the 1982 hit “Tron,” we find that the original hero, Kevin Flynn (Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges) has been missing for over two decades and it falls to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to look further into his father’s disappearance. As this new trailer shows, Sam goes to Flynn’s arcade and is soon pulled into the same visually stunning world of gladiatorial games that are far more advanced and dangerous than ever before.
The coolness rating of this trailer is off the chart. It seems a little understated, though, if you ask me. That could again be down to the inconspicuous beat of the soundtrack behind, playing down the action. But also this isn’t supposed to be a loud and brash action film. This isn’t an in-your-face type of flick. The action appears to be there, don’t worry about that, but it has a more cerebral edge to it, too. The (new and improved) light-cycles make an appearance and we see a number of face-offs involving a variety of old school and new weapons.
Olivia Wilde, taking time out from again confirming it’s not lupus, stars as Kevin’s aide and confidante, and the man of a thousand faces, Michael Sheen, also appears. Amazingly, Bruce Boxleitner returns as Tron and, as mentioned previously, Bridges takes on the role of Kevin Flynn once more. I don’t know about you, but the biggest draw, for me, for this film is not the light-cycles or the visuals as much as seeing Bridges as Clu again.
Bridges’ first appearance in the trailer has his son saying that it’s been a long time. Kevin Flynn replies “you have no idea.” For fans of “Tron” awaiting the sequel, he’s right.
“Tron: Legacy” is due for release Dec. 17.
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