Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement. Screenwriter-director Steven Lisberger has adequately marshalled a huge force of technicians to deliver the dazzle, but even kids (and specifically computer game freaks) will have a difficult time getting hooked on the situations.

Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement. Screenwriter-director Steven Lisberger has adequately marshalled a huge force of technicians to deliver the dazzle, but even kids (and specifically computer game freaks) will have a difficult time getting hooked on the situations.

After an awkward ‘teaser’ intro the story unfolds concisely: computer games designer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has had his series of fabulously successful programs stolen by Ed Dillinger (David Warner). Dillinger has consequently risen to position of corporate power and with his Master Control Program (MCP) has increasingly dominated other programmers and users.

Flynn must obtain the evidence stored in computer’s memory proving that Dillinger has appropriated his work. His friend Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) is concurrently working on a watchdog program (called Tron) to thwart the MCP’s growing control. The MCP scientifically transforms Flynn into a computer-stored program, bringing the viewer into the parallel world inside the computer.

Computer-generated visuals created by divers hands are impressive but pic’s design work and execution consistently lack the warmth and humanity that classical animation provides.

1982: Nominations: Best Costume Design, Sound

Tron

Production

Walt Disney. Director Steven Lisberger; Producer Donald Kushner; Screenplay Steven Lisberger; Camera Bruce Logan; Editor Jeff Gourson; Music Wendy Carlos; Art Director Dean Edward Mitzner

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Jeff Bridges Bruce Boxleitner David Warner Cindy Morgan Barnard Hughes Dan Shor
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