TRON: Legacy

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Director: Joseph Kosinski

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner (more)

Synopsis: After defeating Master Control and restoring freedom to the digital realm, gaming software genius Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) suddenly disappears, leaving his young son Sam to grown up alone in the real world. But everything changes when Sam turns 27, and his father's friend Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) receives a message on his old pager from the long-abandoned Flynn's Arcade. While investigating Kevin's disappearance, Sam finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Together, father and son race through a cyber universe threatened by the elder Flynn's upgraded program, CLU 2, whose hunger for power has gotten out of control.

Why We're Excited: TRON's diehard fans started clamoring for a sequel long before rumors about the project began floating around in the '90s. But until filmmaking technology caught up with our imaginations, devotees could not have dreamed that any follow-up would look as dazzling as the imagery teased in the trailers does. Today's digital animation technology makes it possible for the Flynn's world to look as bright, lifelike and hard-edged as the real one, not to mention shaving more than 25 years off of Jeff Bridges' face. Those updated light cycles look fantastic, too. We're not even worried about the fact that the film is being directed by a first-timer, Joseph Kosinski; from the trailers we've seen, it's clear that he gets this world.

Why We're Not: While we doubt that Bridges would have signed on if the script wasn't up to snuff, there's always the nagging fear that a sequel like this can't possibly live up to our expectations. But frankly, if Disney screws this up, it will be akin to giving millions of nerds and geeks, who have been waiting a lifetime for this movie, a wedgie and a swirlie at the same time.

Trivia: Before landing TRON: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski's best known work was the mesmerizing "Mad World" commercial for the video game "Gears of War."

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