Tron

So of course I'd heard all about Tron and knew everything about it (after all, I wouldn't have been able to get through Kingdom Hearts II sanely without having known anything about it), but I just hadn't seen it before now. And with a sequel on the way, I figured it was as good of a time as any to check it out. After Flynn (Jeff Bridges) gets all his video game codes stolen from him and fired by Dillinger (David Warner), he begins to hack into their computer system in order to find proof that he was robbed. But it's not that easy, as Dillinger has created and set up the Master Control Program, which is a security program that is slowly taking over all other programs and becoming stronger and smarter. Meanwhile, Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) has come up with a security program of his own, Tron, that could be used to take down the Master Control Program. But when they and co-worker Lora (Cindy Morgan) try to use Tron and hack into the system, Flynn gets hit by a brand new particle laser beam that transports him into the computer world, wherein he must fight for his life in different video game trials whilst venturing with Tron to take down the Master Control Program.

     For a movie with outdated special effects, it really holds together through the test of time. I wasn't really bothered at all by the cheesy special effects and thought it worked well. And I really can't wait for the sequel, which should look really cool (though I figure people will react one of two ways—they will either think it looks stupid a la Speed Racer and it'll flop, or they will be like "OMG TRON 2 LETZ GO!" and be hypocrites because they just finished bashing the stylistically similar Speed Racer).

     On the acting level, Jeff Bridges was great as usual. I'm really starting to think this man can do anything (even though Flynn reminded me a little bit of The Dude here and there). Besides him, though, everybody else did alright. The one acting level that bugged me a bit was Bruce Boxleitner as Tron. At his introduction, Tron was almost emotionless. Halfway through, he starts getting a bit bubbly at times. At the end, he's different yet again. It's like the character of Tron couldn't find a suitable personality.

     The other low points for me on the movie were strange little inclusions. For instance, what was the purpose of the Bit (the little ball that Clu sends off at the beginning and comes back later on to Flynn for a couple minutes)? It's set up to be important, but after it comes back, it's on screen for only a couple minutes, as I said, before disappearing from the movie completely. And then there's the inclusion of Yori (the program equivalent of Lora). I didn't even have a clue how the two were connected until I read up on it later and saw that you have to pay close attention during the laser test run toward the beginning of the movie. But even then, how do Yori and Tron know each other? And why did Tron go to get Yori's help? What was her purpose other than to have the actress show up in the computer world? And it was a sad attempt at a love triangle, as well. At the end, she ends up kissing both guys and without any resolution to that fact?

     Otherwise, the movie was fine and fun. There were just those little things that could have been explained much better if the movie were a little longer. I'm not gonna go rush out and buy this movie or anything, but it was an entertaining 90 minutes that I wouldn't mind experiencing again. And I'm probably going to check out the sequel when it comes out, as well.

Reviewed by: Nick