Moviegoing lesson number one: Just because you’ve purchased your tickets ahead of time does not guarantee you a seat. You’d think as an avid moviegoer and as someone who works at a theatre, I’d have that figured out by now. But every once in a while, IMAX theatres decide to rope off huge sections of seats for no reason, leaving us mere peasants to all cram into a section with far too few seats for the number of tickets sold.
Moviegoing lesson number two: Due to the aforementioned unfortunate events, sitting in the very front row of an IMAX theatre causes some serious back/neck pain. But if you’re seeing a movie like “TRON: Legacy,” it’s more than worth it.
“TRON: Legacy” is a special effects extravaganza set to an outrageously spectacular techno soundtrack courtesy of Daft Punk.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, “TRON: Legacy” features Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a character first introduced in 1982’s “TRON.”
The film opens with a flashback from 1989 where Flynn, the CEO of ENCOM, a multinational computer technology corporation, is tucking his son Sam into bed before leaving for work. That night, Flynn disappears, leaving Sam to be raised by his grandparents.
Twenty years later, we’re thrown into the present day where Sam (Garrett Hedlund) finds out that one of his dad’s co-workers received a page from his dad’s office. Sam returns to the arcade where he discovers his dad’s secret office, but the hidden workshop is the least of his discoveries. As Sam is launched into the digital world where his father has been trapped for the past two decades, he uncovers more than he ever expected.
I’m going to stop there with the synopsis because this is a film you need to see for yourself.
“TRON: Legacy” also co-stars Olivia Wilde as Quorra and features a guest appearance by Daft Punk, the duo responsible for this film’s amazing soundtrack.
I will tell you this, though: one of the film’s best scenes comes in the form of Jeff Bridges conversing with a 20 year younger CGI version of Jeff Bridges.
However, taking my word for it would be a mistake. I highly suggest you drop whatever your currently doing and go see “TRON: Legacy.” Make it in IMAX 3D if at all possible.
Bottom line: 3 stars
“The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer. Ships, motorcycles. With the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day… I got in.”