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TRON: Legacy Film

TRON: Legacy Film

TRON: Legacy (2010) is a sequel to the 1982 movie Tron, based on the same concept of Computer Generated Imagery.

It begins with a narrator explaining the grid, and another voice replies, probably a child's.

"The grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? Motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see...and then one day..."

"You got in." A small voice chips in.

At this point, we don't know who is talking, but by the end of the movie, we realize who the narrator is.

"A digital frontier to reshape the human condition."

The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski, known for great Sci-Fi and action films featuring the theme of technology. His most recent work is the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick (2022.)

The starring role is by Jeff Bridges who plays the role of Kevin Flynn. Other actors in order of appearance are: Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Michael Sheen.

Characters

The top characters in TRON: Legacy are: Kevin Flynn(the creator), Sam (Flynn's son), Richard Mackey (chairman), Claire, Edward Dillinger, and Alan (a shareholder at ENCOM.) There's also Marv (Sam's dog.) There's also CLU and Rinzler (a tough video game opponent.) You'll also meet Quorra, an aid to Kevin Flynn to help him accomplish his mission.

The Plot

The beginning of Tron is in 1989, invented by a scientist interested in video games known as Alan, and an associate of Flynn who created CLU, acronym for Codified Likeness Utility. Flynn's program was meant to create a perfect world.

Flynn's company, ENCOM, is an IT empire, but Flynn disappeared, presumed dead by some.

The current chairman and some board members want to release a new product. They want ENCOM stock to trade around the world 24/7, to debut on Tokyo Nikkei index. Apparently, the ENCOM OS-12 is the most secure and valuable operating system ever released.

What's more imperfect than our world?

Flynn's son, Sam, sabotages the new product. He lives in a trailer with a nice view of the city and likes his Ducati Bike. The sabotage is part of his annual pranks that he usually does.

20 years since his father's disappearance, Sam is paged from his father's arcade, which has since been abandoned.

He goes to the arcade to investigate. He discovers a secret doorway and goes through. He discovers the grid and gets teleported into it.

"This program has no disk. Another stray." Says a "soldier" that captures him when he gets inside. He is identified as "user" according to the programs.

At first Sam does not understand what is going on, or know what to do. He is told to proceed to games and survive. They begin with disk wars.

Sometimes life has a way of moving you past things like wants and hopes.

CLU has established itself as the liberator. "Your luminary. Your leader and maker. The one who vanquished the tyranny of the user those many cycles before."

CLU can't stand imperfections. Hence, CLU has set rules like "Any program in violation to their function is subject to termination."

Sam has been transported into the world of video games and finds out that the programs have been taken over by CLU. Will Sam win over CLU? Or is CLU too strong?

Sam discovers a whole new world inside the grid. He learns how his human form was transformed into digital space. He understands the "light cycles" and "light runners" and the concept of time inside the grid.

He even finds out what happened to his father. However, the digital world has many challenges for him and he is afraid of getting trapped inside it.

He has to find a way out and also prevent Flynn from getting out into the human world.

Flynn's disk is the master key, and what CLU is after since it can unlock all the secrets and riddles of the Grid.

It's his game now. The only way to win is not to play.

Analysis

TRON:Legacy is an exhilarating science fiction movie about Artificial Intelligence and advanced technology created by human beings turning against them and threatening to eliminate their world.

I enjoyed the action, thrilling moments and chases because of the conflicts that the main character faces. The characters are well-developed and their costumes, top-notch. In my opinion, the best features of this movie are the sound effects.

Furthermore, the world building is great as I didn't notice any gaps. All relevant aspects of the world's created were accounted for.

Humour in TRON: Legacy is exemplified by a character known as Castor and his assistant. When you see Flynn hitting a person's head, remember it's a "program."

I didn't like that when the scenes were taking place in the grid, we are not shown what life in the human world is like at that time. For example, we don't know what was happening at ENCOM as Sam fought with CLU.

Also, I wondered at the chosen title of the movie. Why wasn't it named "The Grid" or "CLU"? It's clear why "TRON: Legacy" fits as a title. But I think Tron was a background thing, and the grid or CLU was more prominent in the story. However, if looked at with the view that it's inspired by the original Tron (1982) movie.

It's a good choice for viewers who enjoy action, fantasy, science fiction, and futuristic movies.

If you like shows that encompass technology, genetic algorithms, quantum physics, and teleportation, TRON: Legacy is a great choice.

Although it's an old movie, over 10 years old now, the graphics are great and can still work for current viewers. There are violent scenes that may not be suitable for children.

Tron Legacy is an enjoyable movie I'd recommend and rate TRON: Legacy 4 out of 5.

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