A world inside the computer where man has never been. Until now.
As Kevin Flynn searches his work computer for classified information relating to video games, he is "digitalized" by a laser and finds himself actually inside the computer, where people are programs and criminals are computer viruses. Tron is the first feature film to have long computer generated scenes and thus, is seen as a milestone in cinematic history.
"FIVE stars? What is he THINKING?"
When TRON came out in 1982, I was twelve and saw it three times opening day, in between bouts of dropping quarters into the TRON game at the nearby arcade.
Even though I'd been inducted into my love of sci-fi film by the likes of Lucas and Roddenberry and Kubrick, it was actually Lisberger and Bridges and Boxleitner who conjured up for me a new world that, for the first time, really felt like mine, like it was meant for my generation specifically. Seeing these glowing videogame worlds that my nascent digital generation were heretofore exploring solely on tiny TV monitors suddenly expanded to epic movie-screen-size, populated by living, breathing characters, absolutely blew my…
it took me three days to watch this film cos i fell asleep twice also i had no idea what was going on
it looked cool though
im also really effin scared of video games
I'm sure I'll be in the minority here, but Tron did very little for me. I don't know why. I keep telling myself it's because the thing is clearly a product of its time, the early 1980's computer technology boom mixed with the post-Star Wars generation of filmmaking, but that just doesn't seem strong enough an excuse. For me the problem lies in the fact Stephen Lisberger's film is all hi-tech gloss, very little character or narrative substance. I was frankly shocked how bored I found myself throughout.
To qualify this, however, I have to acknowledge Tron is a very well made film; even today in our CGI-crammed film universe, the visuals aren't all that bad, not having dated nearly…
Lora: You know, Flynn has been thinking of breaking into the system ever since Dillinger canned him. And he had Group 7 access.
Alan Bradley: [sour] Flynn had access to you too.
I will love it to the end.
Neat and an impressive feat for its time, but almost unwatchable now. Time has not been kind to these special effects.
This was a movie that I never liked when I was a kid. Something about the visuals just kinda put me off. After seeing the blu-ray, however, all that changed. Gone were the muddy visuals that I remember from childhood viewings on TV, restoring the flick to how it must have looked in the theaters. With the image restored, there were no more hurtles to me enjoying the hell out of this slice o' 80's sci-fi.
Directed by Steven Lisberger
I believe this was the first time I'd ever seen "Tron" and if not, I sure didn't remember much about it. Then again, I just finished it about a half hour ago and I still don't remember much about it.
Sure, the special effects and computer animation look "dated", but from a visual standpoint the inside the mainframe of the computer stuff is still kind of interesting to look at with the way the neon colors pop on the screen and what not.
The problem is everything else. There's something of a story set up in the First Act, but the stakes are a little confusing and once we're thrown into the computer mainframe,…
A visual phenomenon in 1982 however, Tron's effects and visuals have not aged well but that doesn't stop it from being an interesting and exciting world. What I find most interesting is how the video game culture has changed since its early days in the 80's, there is a scene where Jeff Bridges is doing great in a tank based video game and he has around 10 people surrounding him cheering him on and he feels on top of the world. Cut to: 2013 and video games have become a far less social gathering (back in the 80's you'd have to go to the arcade and waste away pocket money to get your video game fix) and have become somewhat…
Tron may have been ahead of its time, but time hasn't been very kind to it. Maybe it was just never a particularly great movie. You can't deny the fact it's highly original with a fascinating concept and look. But on the flip side, the pacing is glacial, the plot itself is silly and the rules of the world are pretty much arbitrary or at least not very well explained. The characters are paper thin and the special effects, despite being unique in style, begin at some point to resemble an 80's cheesy Saturday morning cartoon, especially in the latter half of the movie. The lightcycle scene is of course a highlight and have come to represent the movie in the world of pop culture. At the end of the day, though, the strength of the film remains in being an 80's cult oddity that may have inspired much better films than itself.
I'm sure the special effects were fab and all that in the 80s, but watching it now I just found them distracting. I don't know. I was expecting it to be really good for some reason but, not going to lie, I fell asleep a couple of times. Nothing really happened and I'm still not entirely sure who TRON was. Was TRON even a person? I've no idea. My mind kept wandering.
Must have been totally rad back in '82 - it still is.
Classic '80s adventure movie formula combined with a unique and creative setting. Sure, it's more than a little cheesy, but it's still quite fun and imaginative.
I've had the same experience with TRON twice. The setup and early action sequences are a blast but midway through the film loses its focus and pace, inducing boredom and meandering for far too long before mercifully ending.
First time seeing this one (!??) and I must admit, the wait really wasn't all that worth it.