Which Jeff Bridges is cooler: today's Academy Award-winning, scruffy elder statesman edition, or the younger, snappier, Against All Odds-era ladies man? It's a tough call, yet one thankfully made obsolete by TRON: Legacy, the 28-years-in-the-making sequel to TRON, the beloved cult gamer film that starred a 33-year-old Bridges. In TRON: Legacy, Bridges plays two roles: the aged version of his original character, programmer Kevin Flynn, and an evil computer-generated version of Bridges circa 1982, known as Clu. That's fine with us—you can never get too much of The Dude (Ayo?). The dual performance marks the first time in film history that an actor has performed opposite his younger self. The effect was achieved with a brand new Helmet Mounted Camera, worn by Bridges so he could play Clu in front of the other actors. A 3D scan of his face was also used to create a mold, which led to a mask with 50 holes in it that tracked his facial movements. Sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Just know that TRON: Legacy's Bridges versus Bridges scenes are revolutionary. In honor of TRON: Legacy's feats, Complex has compiled the 50 most ground-breaking movie special effects, arranged chronologically to show how far we've come from once simply being impressed by "talkies." Try not to hurt anybody when your mind blows.
By Matt Barone