Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes
Directed By: Steven Lisberger
Written By: Steven Lisberger
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min
Way ahead of its time in 1982, Tron’s ground breaking special effects still hold up pretty well today. If you can forgive the frequent attempts to substitute hand drawn animation as CGI! Regardless of any short cuts forced on the director Steven Lisberger at the time, Tron is still an iconic piece of work. A unique experience, that beautifully visualizes a world on the other side of the computer screen. Programs possess the souls of their creators, and look like them too. There’s also a deeper spiritual level attempted here with programs debating the existence of a ‘creator’ or ‘user.’
I’ve always liked this movie. It’s an amazing concept, and a ground breaking film. The story and dramatic tone is somewhat underdeveloped. But it’s easy to see why the film’s popularity has only grown in the decades after its initial release.
This was the Avatar of its day. The Model T of CGI effects movies, so keep that in mind if you take this film on. The movie doesn’t really spend much time developing its characters, and the plot is pretty simple. This is mainly a visual experience, with a nod to something more spiritual.
If your local theater was screening this, certainly try to make that show. At home, a HD viewing on your nice big TV is recommended.
The score for Tron by Wendy Carlos is perfect! Influenced certainly by the style and tone of early computer game music and sound effects, but given a high quality synthesized electronic sound. Unlike the effects in Tron, this element of the movie hasn’t aged a bit.