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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Remember Tron?



I never saw Tron at the theater but did see it a few times on tv, and though it always seemed a little dated, I liked it because I liked Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner (of Babylon 5). Here's a little of what Wikipedia says of it ...

Tron is a 1982 American action science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Jeff Bridges as the protagonist hacker Kevin Flynn (and his program counterpart inside the electronic world, CLU), Bruce Boxleitner as Tron (and Tron's "user", Alan Bradley), Cindy Morgan as Yori (and her "user", Dr. Lora Baines), and Dan Shor as Ram. David Warner plays all three main antagonists: the program Sark, his "user", Ed Dillinger, and the voice of the Master Control Program. Tron was written and directed by Steven Lisberger, and has a distinctive visual style, as it was one of the first films from a major studio to use extensive computer graphics .....

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and described the film as "a dazzling movie from Walt Disney in which computers have been used to make themselves romantic and glamorous. Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun". However, near the end of his review, he noted (in a positive tone), "This is an almost wholly technological movie. Although it's populated by actors who are engaging (Bridges, Cindy Morgan) or sinister (Warner), it is not really a movie about human nature. Like [the last two Star Wars films], but much more so, this movie is a machine to dazzle and delight us". Ebert was so convinced that this film had not been given its due credit by both critics and audiences that he decided to close his first annual Overlooked Film Festival with a showing of Tron .....


I bring this up because I saw today at the Apple trailer place that there's a sequel coming up - Tron: Legacy - also starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner :) Here's the synopsis for the film ...

TRON: LEGACY is a 3D action-packed adventure set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade -- that could have only come from his father -- he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning digital universe -- created by Kevin himself -- which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, and landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

Here's the trailer ....




6 Comments:

Blogger Cura Animarum said...

I thought Tron was the coolest thing ever when it came out. I was intrigued when they announced a sequel to it. I'm still not all that sure about this new 'everything in 3D' bandwagon Hollywood's on lately but I suppose Tron's a better fit for the format than say "Step Up 3D". ;o)

12:01 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yeah, I've never seen a movie in 3D. Maybe I'll rent Tron ... it's been a long time.

1:22 AM  
Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Wow, now I'm really psyched to see this movie! It would only be my 2nd 3D movie, but the first TRON was really good... so this one will fit right in. Thanks for the promo. I SO WISH you could enjoy the 3D version of these...

10:36 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Denny,

I might be able to see 3D, I've just never tried it yet. I've heard The Creature from the Black Lagoon was in 3D :)

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Damnato ad Gladium said...

A Clockwork Orange is a way better movie than Tron.

1:29 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I don't know if I'd call it better - it's very different.

4:41 PM  

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