Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is an arcade owner, a hacker, and a former employee of the software corporation ENCOM. He is digitally broken down into pieces, and then trapped into a 3D world of computers, ran by a program known as the Master Control. Along with the help of a few other programs, Flynn will work to replace the Master Control with TRON, a much better and safer program, which will hopefully help him return home to the real world.
This past year I went to the theaters to see TRON: Legacy, and found myself disappointed with the miserable story and reckless direction by Joseph Kosinski. I had heard that TRON was a big step up from the newer film, needless to say my expectations were somewhat high. Unfortunately, Steven Lisberger's direction is nearly as bad, and it seems to me that what TRON: Legacy had going for it, the original did not, and what the original had the sequel lacked. I personally enjoyed the story to TRON, as I found it to be both very entertaining and creative in its own way. But like its sequel, this film has flaws that just cannot be ignored.
The acting in TRON was a huge let down. I am a very big Jeff Bridges fan, but quite honestly his acting here just was not very good. It was boring, very mechanical, and just average acting in general, way below average if you are talking about him. Over the years he has grown to become the fantastic actor that he is, but at this time he was still trying to find where he belongs in the world of cinema. However, the worst part about this was the supporting actors were all much worse than him. The film, especially for its time, is undeniably entertaining. But the bad direction and all in all bad acting really hurts the film. I am not trying to say this was a bad movie, because I did like it in the end, but TRON has too many flaws for me to just brush off and move on.
Now I will get into the good stuff, which is what actually made this film one worth watching, and deserving of a positive rating. TRON and its story take us to a world, similar to the one in the sequel, that really attracts a lot of audiences to the theater, or in this case the television. But see, the problem with the original is the visuals are so out of date that many people will not even get 30 minutes into the film. In fact, the people I was watching this with left after about ten or so minutes because the visuals were so old. For a film buff like me that enjoys seeing the way technology was back then, I found it very fun to watch and quite amazing really. But for the average viewer, here me out, you will not enjoy this film for that reason alone.
Overall, TRON is a film that nowadays will only find a select number of viewers. Mainly the computer nerds in the world that think Star Wars is the greatest movie ever made. That isn't me, but I did enjoy the visuals, and to be honest i liked the story as well. But the film falls flat with its bad acting and bad direction, though TRON is just entertaining enough to get a positive rating from me.