Tron: Legacy: A Movie Out of Its Time

TronGeneration Xers (and a bit before) lived in that generation of computing where BASICA and DOS once ruled the world on monochrome monitors.  But things have evolved since then from Wi-Fi to quad core processors to high-definition LCD monitors.  I watched the movie several days ago, and this movie is a bit anachronistic and out of its time.

In terms of graphics, Disney’s digital 3-D is still one of the best in terms of clarity, but something was amiss with the subject of the movie.  Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn was perfect in his role as the original User, and Olivia Wilde played a great Quorra. Even Michael Sheen played a great Zuse.  But the topic of the grid of Tron is a bit outmoded.  The world of Tron hasn’t evolved per se since the last movie, besides a bit darker attire.  In a world where 8-bit and 16-bits still rule the world, graphics have evolved into 64-bits and running on quad processors.  Additionally, the idea of a identification disc still applies today but more to the internet than an antiquated grid.  With programs using DRM licenses to inhibit pirating, it applies.  And like with pirating, the programs can be evaded, copied and erased. The idea of light cycles on the grid is still unique however.

Watching the movie was a bit of a flashback, when the Matrix and Inception has shown how far movies have evolved.  Even Pixar movies have evolved more than Tron: Legacy.  Legacy will not be forgotten by Generation Xers.  But with Generation Yers and beyond, it may escape them how the original Tron set the bar in terms of graphics and application to real-world computers at that time and how this movie reminds us Xers how far computers have evolved.

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