January 9, 2011

Movie Monday: Tron Legacy

I finally got to see Tron this weekend. Yes, I know, it's only been out a couple of weeks, so "finally" probably seems like an over-statement. But this was one I've been excited about for a year and had intended on seeing opening weekend. Obviously, that didn't work out.

The original Tron was one of my favorite movies as a kid. And for the time, it was a really cool movie as far as special effects and story. Back then, fewer people knew as much about computers and technology as they do today. So stories involving computer programs with personalities and social structures could work. Today the average teenager knows so much about computers that the 25-year-old constructs of the original seem pretty childish. So when I saw they were making a new Tron, I was curious as to how they could pull it off with an audience that's used to downloading programs on their cell phones, let alone having a PC for every person in the house. That, to me, seemed to be the biggest challenge the filmmakers faced.

All-in-all, I think they did a good job. Granted, I am so over Jeff Bridges, so I sort of had to overlook him and all his new-agey hippie nonsense. Although I can say this movie changed my life in one small way: I no longer hate hippies. I just feel sorry for them. Seriously, how sad is it to still be sitting and talking about how wonderful it would all be if we could all just live in a world without bad people, chairs and soap after 40 years of not *getting* that we live in a sinful world?

Flynn, Jeff Bridges' character, decides that since the "real" world is so flawed, he's going to create Utopia inside a computer, or the ethernet, or the internet, or something. They weren't very specific about that. Anyway, they changed the character of Flynn from the original to being a sort of nouveau-hippie and he creates a computer program, CLU, to do that. But CLU, even in this perfect universe, becomes "corrupted," and starts destroying the world they worked so hard to create.

I can't think of a more perfect analogy for the human condition. No matter what kind of therapy, conditioning or drugs we put into a person, we're all still sinners. That's not to say that people aren't still kind and decent, but we're all susceptible to corruption. I know that's not what the filmmakers were going for, but yet again, they spoke truth without realizing it.

My only real complaint is that we didn't see enough Bruce Boxleitner, the original Tron. He's in the movie and is a significant character, and I don't really see how they could have given him more screen time, to be honest. But I just love Boxleitner and can't get enough of him on-screen.

Anyway, if you have never seen the original and even if you aren't a techie/sci-fi geek like me, I still think you'll enjoy the movie. SoldierMan did. It's got a good cast, and great visual effects (I recommend paying the extra $$$ for the 3-d version. It's worth it).


  1. I really liked the movie too. The soundtrack is pretty awesome as well!

  2. I've never seen the original but DH wanted to see it so we did. I really enjoyed...much more than I thought I would!

  3. Seriously? Jeff Bridges AGAIN? *sigh*

    I'm glad you liked the movie. Joe is really wanting to see it and I'm not much of a sci-fi person. As you know. ;-)

  4. Seriously? Jeff Bridges AGAIN? *sigh*

    I'm glad you liked the movie. Joe is really wanting to see it and I'm not much of a sci-fi person. As you know. ;-)


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