TRON: Legacy… computers and more!

One of my must-see movies for the next Christmas season has to be TRON: Legacy.
I’ve been a huge fan of the original (which debuted back in 1982 and was one of the first movies to feature computer animation) and now, almost 30 years later, we’re getting a sequel.

It’s good to see that the original star of the 80’s classic, Jeff Bridges, is starring in this one as well.
So, will the movie be as good as the original?  I sure hope so, and judging from the storyline and the trailers, it surely will be.

Here’s a bit of a spoiler on the story:
Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a computer designer, disappeared mysteriously some 20 years ago.  His son, Sam, is told by an ex-colleague of his father that he’s still alive and to be found in his father’s old arcadehall.
There he stumbles upon a secret chamber and finds himself trapped in a virtual reality world, pretty much the same world as the one his father was in when he had to battle the Master Control Program with his program Clu back in the original Tron movie.  Of course, time does not stand still and the virtual world has evolved and has become more dangerous.
Sam thinks he’s found his dad, but it appears to be the evolved version of his father’s program Clu, which is evil and dangerous.
Luckily, help is on the way in the form of the mysterious Quorra , who know Sam’s father is still alive… all Sam has to do, is survive…

Just like the original, this one is full of special effects and computer animation.  One of the biggest challenges on the special effects front was how to make Jeff Bridges look younger (as the evolved Clu had to look like Bridges from the ’82 movie).  A series of computer effects and imagery taken from Starman (1984, in which Jeff stars as well) combine to create a younger version of the actor in this movie.

So, one to put on the list!

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