Science Fiction

Watched Tron: Legacy

Watched Tron from

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

Neither my husband or I had ever seen the original Tron so we didn’t go into this with any nostalgia. It was fine, about what I expected 🤷‍♀️

The opening sequence of a motorcycle chase through traffic, breaking into his own building, and jumping off a skyscraper was pretty 🙄 OK we get it he’s an irresponsible man-child looking for an adrenaline rush — and establishes that he’s good at riding a motorcycle and in good shape slash athletic so it makes sense he’d survive the weird ‘kill each other using your digital brain’ games. I really rolled my eyes when they had to show he rode a Ducati — maybe that was important in the original because now I just think rich asshole, which is probably not what they wanted me to think about the protagonist.

The virtual world was visually difficult to parse, especially the transparent motorcycle racing course. I really disliked the David Bowie knockoff, and when he tells Daft Punk to rock the house I was kind of expecting them to rock the house 😂

Jeff Bridges was a strange casting, and it felt like they wrote the character around him rather than what might make sense for the plot. I said to my husband, he must have been in the first one because he doesn’t make any sense — yep. Wow, that CGI of his face was very uncanny valley — the technology has certainly improved a lot in twelve years.

The data disc seems to kill on one hit except for the one time it hits someone we care about, then they just get injured. The ending was emotionally unsatisfying in terms of the protagonist’s character arc, I think because he didn’t have much agency in the climax.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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