Warning: there are a few spoilers in this review so if you haven’t seen Tron Legacy yet, you might not want to read this! 🙂 Or you could read up to the point where I’ll warn you with a “spoiler alert”.
Opening words to “Tron Legacy: “The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer. Ships, motorcycles. With the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day… I got in.”
What a movie! The wife and I went down to City Cinema in Al Shatti (the only cinema able to play 3D movies in Oman as far as I know) to watch Tron Legacy 3D-Digital and it was a feast for the eyes! The only showings are for 9pm and 11:30pm at RO 4/ticket. You really should order the tickets online or go in hours early and pick up tickets as it was jam packed when we went and for good reason.
I’ve read a few bad reviews for Tron Legacy but I thought it was well done, entertaining and links well with the 1982 1st movie, Tron. That is one thing anyone considering watching Tron Legacy should know: it’s not a remake but a sequel! Therefore, it’s best to watch the first Tron before watching this one! It’s cool to see how they’ve changed certain aspects of the 1982 movie Tron with more uptodate computer graphics. Here is a neat video comparing aspects of the 1982 movie Tron with 2010’s Tron Legacy including the Light Cycle, the Recognizer, Tron City, Suits and Combat.
It was a good thing I watched the original Tron before going as I would have been confused otherwise. There are links between the 2 movies as well such as the same line the son makes when breaking into ENCOM that his father made 28 years earlier, “Now that is a big door“, which was intended as comic relief.
There are definite things I DO NOT like about the new Tron.
1) The push for Buddhism in general and Zen Buddhism in particular. Several times the father, played by Jeff Bridges, is seen meditating on a yoga mat and in one scene when the son is not doing what the father wants, Jeff Bridges says, “You’re messing with my zen thing, man!” The audience thought that was funny and broke out in laughter. I groaned in my spirit. “Bridges brought on board Bernie Glassman, a Zen Buddhist, to consult on the story and add spiritual subtext.” (from Wikipedia) Sad!
2) The underlying antiChristian philosophy – I was not surprised to hear the line in this new movie, “I’ve discovered something that will totally change everything we know about medicine, science and religion…” There it is! This happens quite often in sci-fi movies where they assume that some new discovery will totally blow-away “all of our naive thoughts on religion” whereas the Christian knows that the fundamental truths of God’s Word are unchanging and not in danger of “being done away with”! While people like to “let themselves go” and get into movies, the Christian should not forget that world philosophies are in play seeking to distract and pollute.
A few good messages: (spoiler alert: spoilers ahead…)
1) The pursuit for perfection is an impossible task. That ends up being the downfall of the arch-enemy, Clue. We are told that “perfection is always before us” meaning the love of family and enjoying our time with loved ones. I don’t agree with the idea that “people in their imperfections are a form of perfection” or the idea that “we can never know perfection” as the father states as God has declared in His Word His perfection and His perfect will and God even calls us to “be ye Holy, for I am Holy”. Holy is the characteristic of God meaning “separate from sinner and without sin”. While no one is or ever will be perfect on this side of eternity, we are still called to strive to be “Christ like”. I do agree with the idea that overzealously insisting on perfectionism (known as legalism) is a killer to real joy and can prevent us from enjoying life with all its “imperfections”.
2) The idea of sacrifice for the greater good: In the first Tron, Jeff Bridges throws himself into a laser beam knowing that he should die in order to save the people of the grid. The creator of the grid himself sacrifices himself in order to save his creations. Does that sound familiar? It sure should as there is almost a perfect analogy of what Christ has done for us in the first movie. This message is lost in the 2nd movie, Tron Legacy, as the Father is willing to sacrifice Himself and his creations for His Son. The Bible, on the other hand, has the Father and Son willing to allow the Son to sacrifice Himself for the sake of His creations. I’m sure some felt the same spiritual parallels in the movie; Kevin Flynn representing God the Father (“the creator”), Clu and his minions representing Satan and the fallen angels (“Clu cannot create. He can only corrupt that which has been created…”), Sam Flynn representing the Beloved Son of His Father, Christ and the programs representing the world.
Tron: “I fight for the user!” (from both 1982’s “Tron” and 2010’s “Tron Legacy”)
Flynn: “Who you calling program, program?!” (“Tron” in 1982)
SARC: “Greetings. The Master Control Program has chosen you to serve your system on the game grid. Those of you who continue to profess a belief in the users will receive the standard substandard training which will result in your eventual elimination. Those of you who renounce this superstitious and hysterical belief will be eligible to join the warrior elite of the MCP.” (1982’s “Tron”)
“You will each receive an identity disc. Everything you do or learn will be imprinted on this disc. If you lose your disc or fail to follow commands, you will be subject to immediate deresolution.” (Both Tron films, word for word)
Tron: “You believe in the users?” Accounting program: “Yeah, sure. If I don’t have a user then who wrote me?” (from 1982’s “Tron”)
Dillinger: “I think we should shut down all access until we find that Flynn, just to be safe.” Master Control Program: “There’s a 68.71% chance you’re right.” Dillinger: “Cute” MCP: “End of line.” (from 1982’s “Tron”)
Walter: “Computers are just machines. They can’t think.” Alan: “Some programs will be thinking soon.” Walter: “Won’t that be grand. Computers and the programs will start thinking and people will stop (thinking).”
Flynn: “It’s all in the wrists.” (1982’s “Tron” and 2010’s “Tron Legacy”)
Walter: “You know, you can remove men like Alan and me from the system but we helped create it. And our spirit remains in every program we designed for this computer.” Dillinger: “Walter, it’s getting late. I’ve got better things to do than to have religious discussions with you.” (from 1982’s “Tron”)
Ed Dillinger to Master Control Program: “Now wait a minute. I wrote you.” MCP: “I’ve gotten 2,415 times smarter since then.”
“There’s something different about him.” (RAM to Tron in 1982’s “Tron” about Flynn and one female program to 3 others about his son, Sam, in 2010’s “Tron Legacy”)
Things People Might Not Be Aware Of:
1) The program, Clu, was in the first Tron movie as well. He was also played by Jeff Bridges. That program was “detached from the system” in the 1st 10 minutes of the original movie just after what has to be one of the most hilarious female-like male screams of cinema history, ha!ha!
2) The computer used to produce the movie “Tron” in 1982 only had 2MB of memory and a disc that could hold no more than 330MB!
4) The Motion Picture Academy refused to nominate Tron for a special effects award in 1982 as they felt they “cheated by using computers”!
5) Tron Legacy was filmed in Vancouver, B.C., Canada!