TRON: Legacy

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
TRON: Legacy Movie Poster Image
Techie reboot is visually dazzling but short on story.
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 125 minutes
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 101 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

There aren't many life lessons in this movie other than that humanity's imperfection is also what makes humans special and that the "digital frontier" is inescapable and constantly changes, which is definitely applicable to our techno-obsessed world. The unconditional nature of father-son relationships is also explored via Kevin and Sam.

Positive role models & representations

Sam tries to save his father from the Grid, and Kevin ultimately shows his selflessness. Quorra, who's not human, values the "users" enough to willingly turn herself over to Clu.

Violence

In the Grid, Sam (and later Kevin and Quorra) are nearly killed by Clu and his minions many times. Sam has to fight in a series of to-the-death "games" with fierce opponents who shatter like glass when they die. A few prominent characters die in the Grid. Quorra's arm shatters, and she looks like an amputee until Kevin fixes the damage. A few drops of blood in one fight scene.

Sex

In a random sweep of the grid, programs are shown cuddling, flirting, and kissing. Sam and Quorra flirt with each other and embrace. Four female-looking programs are dressed in skintight gear and stiletto heels. Some innuendo.

Language

Language includes "damn it," "stupid," and "hell."

Consumerism

Parts of the film feel like a commercial for Ducati, the luxury Italian motorcycle. Sam and Alan drink Coors beer.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Programs "drink" at dinner and at a club, but it's within a simulated computer world. Sam and Alan have a drink together.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this highly anticipated sequel to 1982's Tron features some intense sequences that are made even more impactful because the movie was shot in 3-D. While the violence (which includes several near-death encounters) is lessened by the fact that programs shatter instead of bleed, it's still shocking to see and may frighten younger viewers. Language includes exclamations like "damn it" and "stupid," and the sexuality is mostly in the form of female-looking programs who wear second-skin uniforms and stilettos. There's also some flirting and embracing between two major characters. Programs kiss, dance, and drink, though you can't tell for sure that it's alcohol. Messages about technology and father-son relationships are central to this stylized action-adventure.

User Reviews

Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 3, 2011

good but short remake is for older kids.

when ever someone dies pixles splater every where and blood is shown once
Parent of a 5 year old Written byCello487 April 6, 2011

Great Entertainment For Kids & Adults

We have to remember this is a Disney movie, which means it has very little objectional material. If your kid likes video games, stunning visuals or motorcycles... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieReviewGuy July 11, 2011

Good for 10+

Though Tron:Legacy is marked as filled with violence (and I put that too) you should note that the violence is almost always virtual. That is in the sense that... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2012

Confused

I watched this movie when I was 10, and I was extremely confused. My 12 year old brother didn't like it that much also. I did like the fighting scenes, the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two decades after computer programmer and video game designer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) disappeared -- but was actually trapped inside the digital world of his computer game -- his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), is prompted to track down a mysterious page. Snooping around his father's ancient video arcade, Sam is unexpectedly sucked into the "Grid" as well, where his father's virtual clone, Clu (a digitally enhanced, youthful Bridges), attempts to kill him. Sam is rescued by Quorra (Olivia Wilde), an enigmatic "program" who serves as Kevin's apprentice in a secret digital landscape that's considered "off the grid," where Kevin lives an almost monastic existence and has given up on ever getting out of the virtual world. With Quorra's help, Sam attempts to defeat Clu and get the three of them out of the Grid and back to reality.

Is it any good?

TRON: LEGACY is a visually stunning film. But while many of the action sequences are truly awesome -- including the memorable light cyle race -- the story is a bit lacking in emotion. There are some highlights -- like the hilarious nightclub scene (thanks largely to Michael Sheen, who's deliciously campy as the club's owner). Really, once the novelty of seeing two Jeff Bridges wears off, there's not too much too pull you in beyond the effects ... luckily, for fans of the original Tron, that might be plenty.

Newbies might notice that for a loud and action-packed thriller, TRON: Legacy drags a bit, with an ending that doesn't culminate in the payoff they might have hoped for. There's no denying that the computer-generated effects are worth checking out in 3-D -- If you or your kid is into all things Tron, you'll enjoy the high-tech eye candy -- but the plot almost can't help but pale in comparison. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's themes of technology and how it changes our lives. Do you think these ideas are more relevant today than in the '80s when the original came out? Why or why not?

  • How are Clu and Kevin's approaches to the digital world in opposition? What do they each represent?

  • What did you think of the movie's special effects? Were they impressive or distracting?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? Do you think it will have as big of a following?

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