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Tron: Legacy - Will Kevin Flynn escape the virtual world he created?
It's been almost three decades since we lasted visited Tron. Now, though, cinema audiences can look forward to Tron Legacy, the second instalment of the saga that follows Kevin Flynn's attempts to escape from the complicated alternative universe of his making.
Flynn, who once enjoyed the reputation as the world's greatest video games developer, has been trapped inside the world of Tron for 20 years. Played by Jeff Bridges, the programmer has not spoken to his family since 1989. Haunted by his father's disappearance, Sam Flynn, a stuntman by profession, is desperate to get to the bottom of the matter.
Having only been seven-years-old when his father disappeared, Sam is now 27 and ready to begin the search for his long-lost dad. This is no conventional quest, however: with the help of a digitiser, Sam, played by Garrett Hedlund, finds himself in a virtual world, and encounters an environment that is almost beyond the realms of imagination.
There's no doubting Sam's loyalty to Kevin. Every year, on the day his father disappeared, he performs a spectacle stunt in order to raise awareness of his dad's mystery disappearance. His journey in Tron 2, however, will be the bravest test of all: not only is he hoping to rescue his dad, but he must also quell the threats all around him in order to stay alive.
Sam cannot find Kevin, let alone bring him back to the real world, by himself. He will have to rely on Quorra, a program played by Olivia Wilde. Kevin's loyal confidante, Quorra is a fearless warrior whose fighting skills become an invaluable asset.
Will her prowess on the digital battlefield be enough to conquer the enemy programs that surround the trio?
Disney Tron captures a world that has never before been seen on the big screen. During Sam's journey, he won't actually be looking for his father. Instead, he will be searching for Clu 2, his program equivalent. Based on Clu, an earlier hacker program that Flynn wrote, it is an exact replica of its creator; so Sam has to hope he can recognise a man that he hasn't seen on for two decades.
So what can Flynn's intrepid son expect to find during his Tron journey? Well, some pretty exciting developments have taken place since 1982, and one of the most celebrated is the Light Cycle. A digital equivalent to a motorcycle, it is the vehicle of choice for the Tron System's computer programs. In its latest incarnation, it closely resembles a more traditional motorcycle. Once the driver is safely in place, they can look forward to some lightning-fast acceleration and breakneck speeds.
Light Cycles are also used during the gladiatorial-style games that take place on Tron's Game Grid. Leaving an impenetrable jetwall behind them, the Light Cycles have their brakes disabled and cannot be stopped. Despite their speed and sleek, tough appearance, Light Cycles are vulnerable to tank arrows - and a single hit can destroy them, seriously or fatally injuring the driver.
Tron: Legacy will see the debut of the Light Runner, a two-seat version of the Light Cycle. If you look closely, you'll also spot Kevin Flynn's own Second Generation Life Cycle, which was designed way back in 1989. Some believe it to be the fastest thing on the Grid within Tron: Legacy's stunning new digital world.
If you're longing for a go on the Light Cycle, you can get pretty close in Tron Evolution, the game being released to accompany Tron: Legacy. The third person action adventure immerses the player into the world of Tron, where the Grid is explored using the free running technique of parkour.
The Tron game, which will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Wii, sees players take control of 'Anon', with the developers hoping that gamers can exert their own personality on this blank slate of a character. Combat sequences in the game are based on Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art routinely practised by Sam Flynn. While it isn't closely aligned with the Tron: Legacy plot - it is set in 1989, so it's essentially a prequel - the entire game is based in the Grid, allowing players to explore the world of Tron at their leisure.
Features of the game include high mobility combat, allowing players to fight against Tron's occupants using a light disc and a blend of parkour and martial arts. What's more, gamers can look forward to unearthing some of the mysteries of the Tron System, which could be extremely useful as adventures and quests are undertaken.
Tron: Legacy and Tron: Evolution aren't just digital visual masterpieces - almost as exciting is the accompanying soundtrack. Daft Punk, the French electro music outfit, have composed the movie's score, which consists of a total of 24 tracks. When asked at San Diego's Comic-Con event, MTV reported, why director Joseph Kosinski had opted for Daft Punk, he replied: "How could you not at least go to those guys?" While their music is undoubtedly suited, their mysterious appearance is also akin to the uncertainty surrounding the world of Tron and its inhabitants.
During the event, attendees were given a sneak peek of one of Tron: Legacy's scenes. It showed Sam exploring Flynn's Arcade, a location that will be familiar to fans of the original Tron film and one that grants him access to the digital world in which his father is trapped. His journey into the Tron System, however, is remaining under wraps - at least for the time being.
Tron: Legacy isn't all about Kevin, Sam and Quorra, however. We are also introduced to the notorious Castor, played by Michael Sheen. One of the Grid's better-known characters, he runs the End of Line club, located right at the top of Tron city's tallest tower. Also entering the fray is Rinzler, played by Dan Shor, one of the Grid's most highly-skilled warriors.
Sam Flynn's journey will introduce cinemagoers to scenes they have never before witnessed. While it's easy to get distracted by this strange, digital world, there is a mission to be completed if Kevin is to return back to planet Earth and away from a world he is accountable for.