'Tron: Legacy' Review: 'Like a Visit to Satan's Spa'

Emily Abbate
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The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Tron: Legacy hits theaters this weekend, and the techie world is abuzz with excitement.

In the film, Sam Flynn (played by Garrett Hedlund) goes on a mission to investigate his father Kevin's disappearance (played by Jeff Bridges), and is pulled into a digital world of Tron, where his father has been living for 25 years.

Of course, if you're going to pull a young hottie into a computer world -- then it's gonna have to be in 3-D.

Mr. Moviefone sums up a majority of the reviews in six seconds:

With average effects, wasted 3D, and a crummy script, tron legacy transports us to a world we've never seen and don't want to.

Ouch, are they all that bad?

Roger Ebert tries to give the film a little credit, saying that the 3-D effects aesthetically pleasing. But he's tip-toeing around the facts:

Since the Tron universe exists entirely within chips, don't bother yourself about where the physical body of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has been for the last two decades; it must surely have been somewhere, because we can see that it has aged. ... Joseph Kosinski's "Tron: Legacy" steps nimbly over such obstacles and hits the ground running, in a 3-D sound-and light show that plays to the eyes and ears more than the mind.

And then there were critics like Mary Pols of Time magazine, who compared her day at the movies like an afternoon at the spa ... for all the wrong reasons:

Tron: Legacy de-resolved me. It activated my couch potato impulses. I wanted to loll in my chair enjoying its dark cinematography, punctuated by aesthetically appealing neon, while Daft Punk's strangely soothing electronica washed over me. The movie is like visiting Satan's spa.

And then there's AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire, who tells it like it is:

While director Joseph Kosinski's feature film debut is thrilling and cool-looking for about the first half, its races, games, and visuals eventually grow repetitive, which only draws attention to how flimsy and preposterous the script is ... "Tron: Legacy" is a mishmash of pop culture references and movie rip-offs, Eastern philosophy and various religions, and one insanely cute, strategically placed Boston terrier.

I'll be the first to admit that there's nothing better than revisiting some of your favorite 1980s flicks. You know, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The classics.

So maybe Disney should have taken the hint here, and left Tron: Voyage in the '80s, with its classic counterparts.

Will you be seeing Tron: Legacy this weekend? 


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