One might call Steven Lisberger’s “Tron” the movie that set the stage for visual effects as we know them today. The plot of course has a video game programmer (Jeff Bridges) getting transferred into a digital computer world by a sinister program, and then having to help the other programs rebel. But of course, the movie’s main purpose is to have some of the coolest visual effects imaginable, depicting a computer world. All the more impressive when one sees the old-style computers that they used back then (they didn’t even have the Internet!).
OK, so we could be cynical and say that “Tron” led to a series of lesser movies that were excuses for constant visual effects, but I still say that it’s one of the neatest things that I’ve ever seen. It helps that the movie elicits fine performances from Bridges, David Warner, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan and Barnard Hughes. Bridges brings out the same energy that he did in “The Last Picture Show”, “Jagged Edge”, “The Fisher King”, “The Big Lebowski” and “Crazy Heart”.
All in all, it’s one that you can’t afford to miss!