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The Vault: Tron (1982)

Tron is a film about a renegade programmer trapped in a system he helped to create. The film follows the standard trope from anti-technological films of the period, where the protagonist works against a system run on logic rather than ethics. I suspect that films like this were popular at the time due to the high anti-communist and hence anti-technocrat ideals prevalent in the American psyche. 

As a bit of an aberration in the genre, Tron doesn't read as a cautionary tale, but as one of hope. A humanist hero conquers the anti-democratic system in which he is captured and returns freedom to the land.

It's an inspiring notion and a fitting image in an age where the most popular source for news in America is little more than a propaganda arm for one of the two dysfunctional political parties.

Comments

Fitz said…
There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy about Tron. The anti-communism was a bit too obvious to just enjoy the film as popcorn.
Ben said…
The visuals were remarkable.
Dan said…
I've always felt it was a good film that could have been better. Nevertheless, there's always those bikes...always look forward to that bit of the movie.

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