This movie sucks. So, so bad. I bailed about 18 minutes into it.
I thought it was supposed to be one of those classics since I hear about it all the time, but it's such a boring, tepid experience. Yeah, yeah, next you're going to tell me the special effects were revolutionary for it's time. And hey, I get you on that front. I can appreciate that.
But this movie is just so fucking awful... I just have no desire to continue watching. Even knowing in the back of my head how much it meant to cinema and 3D animation back then... I just can't stomach it. Doesn't help either that I cannot stop thinking about fucking Ricochet throughout the whole entire time. Nothing in this movie inspires. Not in the first 18 minutes, and I'll assume nothing else in the remaining running time.
Seriously, let's go down the list. 18 fucking minutes in and you still don't know who the protagonist is. You don't know who you're rooting for. Flynn? Flynn is a hacker. He looks suspicious. He owns a sleazy looking arcade. Nothing in this movie is given ample expository. I was almost lead to believe some cubicle slave was the hero, because they FOCUS ON HIM for an ungodly amount of time.
And the rules, the ability to relate... They're just not there. The Master Control is in some rich dude's high tower office... Yet it controls every aspect of electronics? Umm? Okay? And then you have "programs" running about which are just normal humans dressed up in whacky neon colors. It's so embarrassing to look at, and hard to take seriously.
I can go on and on with many more gripes about this film, but case in point, it was just a tepid, bland excuse to show-off special FX. And that, my friends, is how you DON'T go about introducing innovation. Not at all whatsoever.
Tron is basically an outsider art film put together by commercial animator and tech nerd Steven Lisberger, who sold it to Disney as a way to develop new filmmaking technologies. It's a slow, kind of mythical film about how computer technology was reshaping the world too quickly for even its progenitors to comprehend. One of my favorite scenes in the film is early on, when the MCP is bossing Dillinger around and reveals that it was using the early internet to steal state secrets from Russia and Chine, and Dillinger just has this dumb look on his face because he never really comprehended that it was so simple to do.
I don't know how you can get 18 minutes into the movie without realizing that Flynn is the protagonist, though. He has a whole scene in the arcade where he explains to his friends (and the audience) that Dillinger used the MCP to steal his work and force him out of the company, and he's been hacking in to find proof.
The film focuses on Alan, the cubicle slave, because his alter-ego in the computer is the security program he wrote, Tron. The titular character. One of the more interesting things about this movie is that programs are reflections of the people who wrote them, so learning a lot about Alan and what makes him tick really informs the audience about the revolutionary warrior Tron as a character.
The MCP doesn't "live" in that office. It runs Encom's mainframe, which is their entire office network.
Tron Legacy is stupid and vapid. Captain America 2 was more of a Tron story, since at least the plot was about a data-collection algorithm used to oppress people. That's a Tron story, Computer Nazis and Computer Jews was not.
you seriously spent longer to type out this autistic word-vomit than you gave to the film
think about your life real hard. sit down, get a glass of strong spirits, think about how myopic you are, and then shoot yourself.
Tron is one of those movies you have to pretend to be obsessed with so other nerds who watch the big bang theory will take you seriously. It's a lot like 2001 and Blade Runner in that regard.
You're not wrong though OP. I watched it once and never felt the need to go back and do it again. The light cycles were cool but the rest of it...meh.