“A technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
One of the very first feature films to reflect the video-game craze of the 1980s, Disney's Tron stars a young Jeff Bridges as hot-shot computer programmer Kevin Flynn, who becomes trapped in the very game that he's programming. Flynn's nemesis is his glory-grabbing boss, Ed Dillinger (David Warner), who likewise metamorphoses into a video-game character. The title character, a computer-generated superhero, is played by Bruce Boxleitner. As Tron aides Flynn in his efforts to escape from the video game world, they must also band together to defeat the evil Master Control Program, whose long range ambitions include not only ruling the video game realm, but also taking over the real world as well! Cue a harrowing series of video game adventures, including high-speed Light Cycle matches, electronic disc battles and Solar Sailer simulations as the ultimate struggle for computer control heats up to epic proportions, and Flynn is left hoping it’s not “Game Over” for himself and the rest of the human race. Visually dazzling and cool as all get out, Tron represented the absolute cutting edge in special effects back in 1982, making every ‘80s kid wish they could live inside a video game and paving the way for the CGI- heavy blockbusters of today.
(Steven Lisberger, 1982, 96 min., Rated PG) 35mm