Jeff Bridges stars in 'Tron: Legacy': movie review

( PG-13 ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

Twenty-eight years after the original 'Tron' movie comes 'Tron: Legacy,' again starring Jeff Bridges. But it's questionable whether it was worth the wait.

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In this undated photo, actor Jeff Bridges is shown in 'Tron: Legacy,' Bridges will play himself, at his natural age, and a computerized avatar called 'Clu,' who hasn’t aged since around the time he was first created for the first 'Tron' movie, in 1982. Clu bears Bridges’ face, altered to make him about 35 years old, but it’s grafted onto the body of a younger actor.
Jeff Bridges is shown in a scene from 'Tron: Legacy.' (AP Photo/Disney) Jeff Bridges

Back in 1982, Jeff Bridges appeared in “Tron,” one of the first CGI movies – its only distinction. Now that CGI movies are coming at us from all sides, the sequel, “Tron: Legacy,” mostly in 3-D, ought to have been state of the art.

But there’s not a whole lot of artistry to be found in this movie about a scion (Garrett Hedlund) who seeks out his long-missing genius-inventor father (Bridges) inside a vast computer grid. The creepola effects made me feel as if I was trapped inside a fluorescent lighting fixture.

Was it really necessary to wait 28 years for a sequel that wasn’t worth attempting in the first place? Director Joseph Kosinski has a background in commercials, and it shows. Everything looks sleek, but who’s buying? Grade: C- (Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language.)


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