Cult Film Corner: Tron

The fourth and final movie in Cult Film Corner’s Hacking special is prolly the cultiest of cult films reviewed so far – Tron.

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), an arcade owner and gifted software engineer, tries to hack into software company ENCOM. Once an employee, now he’s trying to find evidence of senior executive Ed Dillinger (David Warner) stealing his code for five extremely popular video games and taking credit for himself. Blocked by an increasing intelligent and malevolent Master Control Program, Flynn has to break into ENCOM with the help of current employees Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) and Lora Baines (Cindy Morgan). Working from a science lab within the ENCOM building, Flynn tries accessing the files again while Alan releases his brilliant security program, Tron. The MCP threatened, it zaps Flynn with a conveniently placed laser and beams him into ENCOM’s mainframe…

There’s no doubt about it, Tron looks GOOD. Nearly thirty years on since its original release, it’s still as visually distinctive now as it was back then. In fact, it’s only relatively recently that video games graphics have surpassed that which is seen in the film. It’s a shame, then, that the film’s story doesn’t live up to it’s amazing visuals. Clearly influenced by Star Wars, but without its merry band of characters, it chugs along confident we’ll sit open-mouthed at its shininess while ignoring its basic plotting.

Still, the film has its geeky charm. Little easter eggs to spot (Look for Pac-Man on one of the background screens). Programs being persecuted for their beliefs in users is a neat analogy with that of religion. There’s those gosh-darned lightcycles (We ALL want one. Don’t deny it). Jeff Bridges is there, being Jeff Bridges, and he’s always wonderfully watchable. These things, coupled with those visuals, add up to make something that’s an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. Is it worthy of its cult status? Yes. Did this viewing do enough to drag me into it? No. Tron is not for me. For those of you who do, though, I can definitely see why.

More Reviews:

Troll Hunter

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger

The Girl With Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Hackers

WarGames

Super 8

The Parallax View

Cowboys And Aliens

Swamp Thing

X-Men First Class

The Human Centipede

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

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