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by Thom

"An early hackersploitation film"
3 stars

It is always interesting going back and writing about the movies of your youth from not only an adult perspective but as an adult living in a world where so many technological advances made those early sci-fi movies seem hokey. But Tron endures in spite of the then weird idea that you could live inside a computer.

Where are you now?

Jeff Bridges plays a video game programmer that ends up inside the machine itself and must face a series of challenges to destroy the power cone and escape the machine.

Inside, the computer is a surreal fantasy world where game maker Kevin Flynn, who becomes Clu in the computer, wears a cool outfit. Cutting-Edge special effects that still look good today. I like the raw look of the older F/X flix when compared to today's digital artistry. In my memory it was all so slick and cool and special effects were THE magic of movies. None of this transporting story bullshit.

Visually, Tron holds the same place in the Gen-X imagination as Atari 2600, Pac-Man (and we think the Pokeman rage is silly) and Star Wars. Its just one of those movies among a billion bits of pop-cultural effluvia that everyone seems to connect to. But they probably barely remember what it was actually about and if they are like me, they use the video game as shorthand to remember the movie.

It is still worth watching if not just as a study in popular culture or movie making history but because you get to see Bruce Boxleitner in tights. I think though, I was more interested in playing with He-Man action figures than thinking about bulging crotches in the cusp of adolesence. That is why watching it now is different than watching it 1982. Bruce Boxleitner in tights.

It will never be time for the re-release of Tron but watching this movie takes you back to a time when you knew we were moving at the speed of light.

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10/05/12 mike miller a fun watch back to back with the new Tron Movie 4 stars
2/28/12 Dr.Lao Flashy, but never rises above the level of 2nd rate kiddie fare 3 stars
3/11/11 sunny day Way more creative and cleverer than Blade Runner. 5 stars
1/18/11 Ernesto Catalan Probably way too ahead of its time, TRON stll mesmerizes and is awesome fun to watch! 5 stars
12/18/10 bored mom Only the programming-literate will have the most fun and get the biggest joke in Tron. 5 stars
12/18/10 DK Ahead of its time thematically, but still very flawed in terms of traditional filmmaking 3 stars
8/25/08 George Barksdale One of the best SciFi movies made 5 stars
4/02/07 fools♫gold Screw "The Matrix," indeed. Still seems hi-tech to me (antagonizing the reviewer). 5 stars
3/26/07 2020 armagetron superb... predates concern about net neutrality 5 stars
10/19/05 Ry Great Idea 5 stars
8/23/05 ES A movie that while amazing for its time cannot bare the full brunt of time's telling 2 stars
1/17/05 1337 |-|4x0r 73|-| 0r161/\/4|_ |-|4x0r /\/\0\/13!!!1!!1111!!!!! 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody This is a very strange movie. 2 stars
3/30/04 Gray weird, ahead of its time, intense in parts 4 stars
2/18/04 john as off beat today as it was then - fun but simply doesn't come together 3 stars
7/03/03 Lush An admirabley bold film in such an early time, but now, it's really naff and dated. 2 stars
6/16/03 Mr. Do unique! Misunderstood, unfortunately. 5 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper Bleeding edge special effects. Horrid script. Painful acting. 3 stars
3/12/03 Butterball Cenobite story is slight, but the FX and computer animation are still startling 4 stars
1/02/03 Monster W. Kung Interesting. Quite a few ways to interpret it, too. Bad music, and a little slow at times. 4 stars
12/22/02 murat A unique film of all time I am waiting for a good sequel 5 stars
1/21/02 D'Morph Its still pretty good, even after all this time! Liked the cutesy effects! 4 stars
1/13/02 Andrew Carden The Effects Were Cool, but It Wasn't Very Good. Kinda Flat. 3 stars
8/21/01 Paul far ahead of its time, still looks good today 4 stars
5/09/01 Alissa Schirmer It sucked 1 stars
1/24/01 dave Underhill marvolus!! 5 stars
1/07/01 Michael Ashton Maybe the script is a bit lame, but this film still kicks ASS! 5 stars
8/18/00 Chris Drake Even better in 2000 than 1982-gorgeous underrated thriller 5 stars
7/31/00 Rogue Librarian Lazy script that shreds a cool idea (what would cyberspace be like), but excellent effects! 3 stars
6/08/00 DREDD Loved the idea, watched it a million times.. 5 stars
3/22/00 Lame-Oh One word: amazing! 5 stars
3/05/00 Carolyn A true visual effects epic. 5 stars
1/30/00 Chris Snead Great! 5 stars
12/17/99 Paradox The lightcycle scenes kick ass! 5 stars
12/17/99 Fenris Another "ahead-of-its-time" movie... spectacular. 5 stars
12/17/99 Fork The biggest bomb of all time is one of my definite favorites. 4 stars
11/03/99 Todd Made in 1982 and it still looks better than most sci-fi movies. 5 stars
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