December 18th 2010 16:43
Kevin Flynn (Bridges) hacks into the mainframe at his job where he was recently fired. He knows there is some impropriety going on at ENCOM (prophetic of ENRON?) and wants to expose it. However, the security system set up within the computer attacks him and brings him into the computer generated world of the Master Control. Other "programs" populate this world and the belief in the "users" (God to these programs) is suppressed. Tron fights for his freedom and the freedom of those under the dictatorial hand of the Master Control.
Although not the first film to use CGI (that distinction goes to a little known film from 1971 called "Metadata") Tron is widely considered to be the father of the next generation of effects. I may be mistaken, but I believe it was the first film to use 32bit special effects. Anyway, the storyline is ahead of its time and worth watching, if you can find a copy. Disney released the film shortly before the new Tron Legacy was released. However, no one seems to have a copy. The only place I have been able to find it is a 20th anniversary special addition and it retails fo $79.00. (Not too many copies of that left either.) I've given the link above just below the picture just in case you're interested.
Good movie by 1982 standards. Original storyline. Jeff Bridges did a little over-acting in it, but that was the style of the early 80's anyway, so it does not detract from the plot. I would recommend watching this movie, just remember... the effects were top-notch for the time. Watch the trailer below!
SCORE 7 out of 10
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