March 8, 2013
I am sure many of you are familiar with the recent movie “Tron: Legacy”, but a surprising number of people who I’ve talked to have never seen the original 1982 movie which started it all. This fascinating piece of entertainment stars Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan, and David Warner, and is directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Arcade owner and part-time hacker, Kevin Flynn (Bridges) is transported into the world of computers by an evil software system called the Master Control Program (Warner) where he is forced to participate in gladiator-like games with other programs. While in the world of the grid Flynn joins forces with a security program called Tron (Boxleitner) to try to free the cyberspace from the MCP’s control.
Jeff Bridges is hilarious and spectacular in this movie, and his character development is really great to watch. The special effects in this movie are pretty impressive for when it was made, and consequently the visuals are stunning and the action sequences incredible. The games in particular are exciting, but the most interesting thing was the themes and ideas.
The script contains a lot of actual computer jargon and almost religious tones. The combination creates this atmosphere of a strange and unique world that really draws you into the movie. The visual of glowing lines and endless stark landscape really emphasizes the tone too.
This movie is from the eighties and we all know how eighties movies have a tendency to be corny, but this one is worth the watch. Not only will you be able to pick out all the Easter eggs in the sequel, but also you’ll be enjoying a real treat of what it would be like to be in a computer. I’m pretty sure everyone has at least once wondered what it’d be like to be in a computer.