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Monday, August 2, 2010

Get Your TRON On


That’s it.  Just WOW.  Another reason why the ‘80s completely rocked—TRON.

Granted, we’re talking 1982, here…so while I was still grasping the concepts of language and movement at the time, I actually didn’t see TRON for the first time until a couple of years ago.

By the way, I don’t actually recommend watching TRON (or any movie, for that matter) on a laptop with sound difficulties, in a dark cabin in the middle of the woods, with a party going on outside.  I mean, we definitely gave it our best effort—But between the noise music outside and the technical difficulties over the laptop’s volume inside, I have never wished for subtitles so badly!  But hey, what else are you going to do late at night, alone(ish) in the woods?

Even at the time, I could see the coolness of TRON, even if I couldn’t hear it so well.

Let me just say that it went MUCH better borrowing it from the library and watching it in the comfort of my own home.  Just being able to HEAR the movie was amazing!!!

Of course, it almost didn’t happen that way…

After seeing TRON up at camp, I was totally psyched to see previews for the upcoming sequel, TRON:  Legacy.  Since my sister always misses the previews, she didn’t get my excitement until I looked up the trailer online and showed it to her—Then she was fully on board—Except she’d never seen the first one.  And while I’m sure plenty of people will go see the sequel without having seen the original TRON, I always feel it’s nice to have the full background whenever you see a sequel….

Anyway, I’d looked it up online; lots of places had it, no big deal.  But I wanted to see if I could find it the store first, and not have to pay shipping.  NOBODY had it.  So I go back online to order it, and it’s GONE.  Not even out of stock, just GONE.  Unless you want to buy it on ebay for $60.00.  I don’t.  So apparently, TRON has temporarily been taken off the market, so they can have a big re-release, right before they release TRON: Legacy.

And, of course, the more we can’t find it, the more we want to watch it.  My sister checked every video rental in the area that was going out of business, and none of them had it.  She eventually did find a copy at a rental place that wasn’t going out of business, but was like half an hour away and a pain in the butt to drive there and back to pick it up, and then have to drive there and back again to return it.  Honestly I thought it was hopeless, until I decided to check the library while I was there the other day.  I put in a request, and two days later they emailed me to tell me it was in.  SCORE!!!

So…what is TRON???  TRON is the heralding in of the internet and the digital age.  As the story goes, I would compare it with Alice in Wonderland meets Star Wars meets Spartacus.  It’s an exploration of everything we dream that computers can do—from the computer’s perspective, or rather, I should say, from the program’s perspective.  TRON stars Jeff Bridges as Flynn and Bruce Boxleitner in a dual role as Alan and TRON.  Flynn and Alan are both programmers, or users, in the real world.  Inside the computer world, the programs are mirror images of their users.  And in both the real world and the computer world, there is one program, the Master Control Program, that is bent on taking over the world and destroying everything in its path.  For their part, Flynn and Alan don’t know the extent of the MCP’s control, but they do know that the MCP has been making them obsolete.  Alan rigs it so that Flynn can get in and get proof of MCP’s corruption…But neither of them have any idea how far in Flynn will go—when Flynn is literally sucked into the virtual world.  That’s where Flynn meets TRON and they have to battle the MCP or risk destroying both worlds.

What most surprised me at first, was that this was a Disney movie—Way before Enchanted, Disney was on the cutting edge of combining live action with animation.  This would have been an amazing movie to see in 3D!!!  The world they created is really everything that I would imagine would be going on inside my computer, or a video game—And I had to stop myself a couple of times to appreciate the detail of the animation—some of it looked so much more like what you’d expect to see with digital effects.  There are a couple of slow parts in the movie, but overall it’s a good movie, and worth it just for the visuals—I got the same feeling when I watching TRON as I did watching Avatar, just appreciating what kind of magic people have been able to create with technology.

You should definitely keep an eye out for this one, or put an order in at your library, because I have a feeling the sequel is going to BLOW. YOUR. MIND.  Look out '80s, here we come!!!!



Smash Attack! said...

The new one looks bad ass!

AliLilly said...

WOW! Your blog is like finding a secret closet full of awesome! :)

nymfaux said...

Awwwwwwwwwe, I stock it with special awesomeness just for you guys!!!!