TRON was a revolutionary film for its time. One of the first films to use CGI, and it was actually the theme of the film. Which was pretty daring back in 1982.
A science fiction film through and through it managed to scare off some people. Something I don’t fully understand.
TRON was a box office bomb which I find wholly disappointing, and so did many others.
The late Roger Ebert raved about the original, giving it a rare perfect score, despite, and possibly because of, its lack of human characters. He also thought of it as a highly underrated film, featuring it on his show, Siskel and Ebert and the Movies, a decade later; And closing his first ever Overlooked Film Festival with a screening of it in 1999.
And if Roger Ebert loved TRON, who the fuck are you to argue!?
But over the next several years it went on to earn back double its initial budget. Eventually justifying the release of a sequel. Several sequels as a matter of fact. And how do they stack up?
Sigh… Where to begin?
Why not start with the first attempt? In 2003, twenty-one years after the release of the first film, the first sequel to TRON saw the light of day. And it was appropriately titled: TRON 2.0.
It was a fantastic follow-up to the first film, primarily because it wasn’t a film, but a game. Continue reading