The Most Interesting Part of Tron: Legacy Will Return for Tron 3

By  · Published on April 8th, 2015

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The best part of Tron: Legacy is Daft Punk’s score. The second best part is the visuals. The third best part is Michael Sheen as David Bowie meets Willy Wonka. The most interesting part, meanwhile, is Olivia Wilde’s character, Quorra. She’s an “isomorphic algorithm” (ISO) in the form of a sexy neon Louise Brooks. She’s also sort of like a digital mermaid, part Ariel with her curiosity about the world of man and, in the end, part Madison from Splash. The overextended shot of Wilde on the motorcycle, taking in the sights and smells and feel of the wind is basically all I want Tron 3 to be. What is a digital being’s experience of reality like? Never mind the Grid. I’d watch a sequel set in Vancouver.

Or whatever city the Tron movies are supposed to take place in when they’re not inside the video game universe. The spectacle of Tron: Legacy won’t be repeated if the third movie was set in the real world, but how about they focus on the story this time rather than the fireworks? The best way to finish out the trilogy is to now have the digital characters and vehicles escape into reality. Is that too much like The Matrix? Maybe. But just picture Lightcycles on actual city streets! Meanwhile, Cillian Murphy’s mysteriously little-used role from Tron: Legacy can be the Eugene Levy to Garrett Hedlund’s Tom Hanks and Wilde’s Daryl Hannah. “Behold the isomorphic algorithm!”

Murphy has not been confirmed for a reprisal, but The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Wilde will be returning. And as we previously heard, Hedlund will be back as Sam Flynn, and Joseph Kosinski is returning to direct. Other than that, there’s rumor of the sequel being titled Tron: Ascension, but Disney hasn’t even confirmed that the movie is moving forward at all in spite of the city of Vancouver expecting the production to shoot this fall.

To refresh your memory of where we left off with Sam and Quorra, who don’t even seem to be romantically interested in each other, watch the end of Tron: Legacy below.

Oh wait, no, here it is:

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.