Tron (1982) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: July 9, 1982
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Music by: Wendy Carlos
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor, Peter Jurasik

A young and gifted software engineer  who works at ENCOM programming games such as Tron has had his  software codes stolen by senior executive, Ed Dillinger (David Warner) who gets promoted because of his codes. He tries to hack into the mainframe of software company ENCOM but fail.

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges)

Not knowing that Dillinger has already overrided the Master Control Program to prevent Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges)  from entering ENCOM. Flyn seeks help from ENCOM employees Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) and Lora Baines (Cindy Morgan). Flynn convinces Bradley that he is trying to increase maximum security for Bradley’s security program called “Tron”.

Tron is capable of  monitoring communications between the MCP and the outside world. They take him to the ENCOM laboratory. When Flynn attempts to hack his way into the system, the MCP takes control of a nearby laser; developed for ‘quantum teleportation’ and uses it to digitize Flynn into the ENCOM mainframe.

Sark (David Warner) and MCP (Master Control Program)

In the mainframe, Programs appear in the likeness of the Users who created them. However, the MCP and its commander, Sark (David Warner) renounce their belief in the Users, giving the MCP a complete control over input and output in the system.

Programs that disobeys are forced to fight  in gladiator-like games in which losers are destroyed. In the process of playing such games, Flynn meets Tron (Bruce Boxleitner); the two escape into the mainframe during a Light Cycle match, and are later split up.

While he attempts to reunite with Tron, Flynn discovers that, as a User, he is capable of manipulating the physical laws of the digital world. Tron manages to communicate with Bradley and receives instructions to destroy the MCP.

Yori (Cindy Morgan) and Tron (Bruce Boxleitner)

Tron and another Program, Yori (Cindy Morgan), board a solar sailer and make heads to the MCP core.

Before they reach the MCP, Sark’s command ship destroys the sailer, capturing Flynn and Yori. Sark then leaves the command ship and orders its self-destruction, but Flynn keeps it intact while Sark flies to the MCP’s core on a shuttle, carrying a number of captured Programs.

Tron confronts Sark outside the core and damages Sark, and attacks the MCP directly when Flynn distracts the MCP long enough to reveal a gap in its shield. Tron throws his disc through the gap, destroying both the MCP and Sark, and freeing the digital world. Input and Output towers begin to light up all over the landscape as programs begin to communicate with their users.

Flynn is sent back to the real world. A nearby printer prints out the evidence that Dillinger had “annexed” his code. Dillinger arrives the next morning to find the evidence of his wrongdoing displayed on his screen. Later,  it is revealed that Flynn has become the CEO of ENCOM.

Reviewer’s Note:
Tron is the first film before the 2010 Tron: Legacy. The foundation of ENCOM and its project to Kevin Flynn’s geniuses in producing Tron games has fetch interest from Ed Dillinger. Simple and interesting yet awkward.

There’s a funny scene I just can’t stop laughing when the first Tron was tricked and later crushed by a MCP , supposedly capture. But his face reaction is comically priceless. And I didn’t know they can behave like humans. Programs can make love.

There’s just too much other colors in Tron. After all, this is the era of CG animation. The father of all CG animation and blue screens!


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