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Tuesday, December 28th 2010 / Blog

Tron - Movie review

Tomorrow me and my Wife are going to see Tron Legacy at the cinema so I thought it was a good time to watch the original again as I haven't seen it in years.

It's amazing watching it after all these years as I'd forgotten what happened in half of the film (mostly what goes on in the 'real' world).

The movie revolves around a number of central characters who exist in two distinct worlds, one real and one virtual. The antagonist of the movie is the MCP or Master Control Program. This is a program that has grown beyond it's own programming and starts hacking in to other connected systems and stealing programs from them aswell as positioning itself to take control of the systems.

The company that owns the MCP has a developer working for it who has created a program named TRON which was designed as a security program and the developer wants to use it against the MCP. To do that they need the help of Kevin Flynn (Geoff Bridges), an ex employee of the company who wrote much of the software that made the company a success.

Flynn gets digitised (after a brief scene showing some experimental laser that scans real-world objects into digital incarnations) and joins the digital world within the company's mainframe.

Each program he meets is represented by a humanoid character (in general they all look like their creators too) and many are forced to take part in 'games' (but to be honest it never really explains why). The games are what made the original film such a cult classic. The opening scene shows the light cycles which are one of the most memorable features of Tron. There's also a disc game where programs have to battle against one-another to the death.

All of Flynn's creations roam the digital world including massive flying ships and futuristic looking tanks, all wanting to destroy Flynn and the Tron program before they can reach the MCP.

Ultimately Flynn and Tron make it to the MCP and save the day before we see Flynn get transported back to the real world.

The ending of the movie leaves some questions as to what would happen to the company, to the computer systems, and what happened to Tron but overall you watch this movie to see the effects work which even today is still pretty cool and kept me sat watching throughout the entire movie.

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