The lingo is not as bad as it seems. While we know exactly what they mean by Program, the term user in the movie “Tron” means Programmer. Programs are the ones that wear the lit up suits, they use the term User to mean their Creator, or God if you will. When a program is subjected to deresolution or derezzed it means that they are killed. IO stands for Input and Output. The IO towers are the areas in which Programs can interact with their Users directly and vice versa.
Tron is an independent program that Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) wrote. Tron looks similar to Alan because often times, Programs resemble their Users, it also helps in understanding who created what Program. Alan wrote Tron to keep surveillance on ENRON’s system; it monitors what is going on between ENCOM’s system and other systems. If it finds anything going on inside of the computer that is not scheduled to take place, Tron shuts it down.
Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is a previous ENCOM employee. After being fired from ENCOM, he opened up an arcade of his own simply called Flynn’s. While he was employed at ENCOM, he created codes for video games that made Ed Dillinger (David Warner) become senior executive of the company since he stole the codes from Flynn. The stolen codes are for video games which became popular and Flynn ironically features at his own arcade. Through out the film, Flynn is on a quest to find the proof he needs that Dillinger stole his codes. After finding the proof he needed, Flynn takes over Dillinger’s job.
How did Flynn get into the computer? The company has a laser that digitizes the molecular structure of objects and then is able to transfer those suspended molecules that are inside of the laser beam into the computer. After being locked out of the system, Flynn uses a company computer to hack the system which then digitizes him into the computer. This is also how he is able to come back out of the computer.
Master Control Program, or MCP, is the bad guy; he’s like a virus. Master Control Program is the one that controls ENCOM’s main frame network and makes other programs work for him. If a Program believes in the Users, then Master Control Program takes over the useful functions of programs which make him more powerful. If he can’t use the program, he puts them into the game grid in which they play video games in a battle until derezzing one Program and leaving the other Program as the winner of that round. He is also an artificial intelligence that directly speaks with Dillinger. He is also known for using the term “end of line” when he is done speaking in a conversation.
Their suits have an identity disk, or code disk, which attaches to their suits. This disk imprints everything the Program learns and does while in the game arenas. Tron also uses this disk as a weapon when defeating Master Control Program and then uses it to transfers the necessary data back to his User, Alan.
The most interesting game arena is the light cycle arena. This game is played until one player crashes into the wall created by the cycles as they move through the arena. As the light cycles move, it creates a wall behind it for the other player to crash into. If you crash, you are derezzed and ultimately lose, but your wall disappears also.
Now you are ready to see “Tron: Legacy.” End of line.
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