By on February 10th, 2015

Tron (1982)

Tron (1982) Dir. Steven Lisberger – QFT Belfast

Who’s in it? Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

What’s it about? When a hacker is abducted by a computer program he must escape his digital prison with help of a security program called Tron. Though not everyone’s cup of tea and ever so slightly dated by astronomical developments in modern special effects and digital imagery, 80s cult icon Tron was undoubtedly the most original and groundbreaking films of its time, spawning a loyal fan following, despite initial skepticism at the the time of release, and a recent big budget reboot in the shape of 2010’s disappointing flop Tron Legacy. The film’s development began in the 70s after director Lisberger became in engrossed with nascent arcade game Pong, after which he and producer Donald Kushner set up their own studio to develop their initial story idea as an animated short. Combining back-lit animation, live action and computer generated image, Tron was initially rejected by various studios until Disney took a chance on it. Despite relative success at the box office, the film was more of critical than commercial success, impressing critics with its creative vision and committed performances, in spite of a disappointing story.

Memorable Moments? In one scene Bridges’ character engages in a game of futuristic to-the-death handball, which he wins, but then incurs the wrath of David Warner’s villainous Sark by refusing to kill his opponent.

Look who’s talking:‘Though perhaps not as strong dramatically as it is technologically, TRON is an original and visually stunning piece of science fiction that represents a landmark work in the history of computer animation.’ – Rotten Tomatoes

Like that? Try this: Flight of the Navigator (1986), is a sci-fi adventure in which a young boy uses a spaceship to get back to his own time.

Trivia Pursuit: The film was awarded a visual effects Oscar 14 years after its release given as at the time CGI was considered cheating.

One Response to “[PASSNOTES] TRON (1982)”

  1. 1 le0pard13
    March 3rd, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    An oldie (nowadays), but a goodie.

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