Friday, December 03, 2010

This is Tron

A half-dozen of us old married guys in our thirties and forties are getting together this month to watch the new Tron movie. It's geek-ness at its finest. Actually we may very well be the only married guys in the entire theater, but when the movie starts, we'll be in nerd-vana.

It's not that the original Tron movie was all that great – it had its flaws – but for those of us who remember what it was like to be a nerd before the internet was in every home… before the Matrix movies… before Pixar and ubiquitous computer animationTron was groundbreaking.

Imagine a world inside the computer. Another you, living in a virtual cyberspace. Now with WiFi, broadband internet, Facebook, laptops, "Farmville," email, smart phones, MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, like "World of Warcraft"), and a solid 30 year history of video games in our homes, it's not that far-fetched. In fact, sometimes the challenge is getting our loved ones to come up for air, they're plugged in so much.

But in 1982, most of that was pure, mind-blowing science fiction. It shaped our imaginations and then it (in some ways) came true!

Thus Disney's dorky little movie way-back-when has had a profound place in the hearts of us nerds. So imagine what we thought when we saw this a year or so ago:

Whoa! Yes please, more of that would be fine! And did you see young (1980's) Jeff Bridges at the end?! How did they do that?! Now the reviews are starting to come and the reports are very, very good. Now we need to see this…

As long as our wives let us.

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