Tron Movie Review
Emotion/Theme: Projection, Attack, Separation, Face of innocence, Mighty companions, Split mind, Discover True Identity, Miracles
Genre: Classic, Science Fiction
Duration: 125 minutes
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Actors: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund
This is a classic movie about the authority problem: the idea that you can author yourself, instead of accepting that you are perfect as God created you.
Kevin Flynn is a video game developer who believes he created a digital world and is trapped in it. Fast forward twenty years, and we see Kevin’s son, Sam, looking for his father in the digital world that has degenerated into competition, hatred, and death.
To escape from this world of projection that we made, there has to be willingness to accept divine intervention, the miracle, as represented in this movie by Quorra, the symbol of forgiveness. The attempt to return home through the portal brings a heightened awareness and exposes the ego. It is symbolic of taking full responsibility for your state of mind.
In the process of going home, Sam must let go of the image of his dad, just as we have to let go of teachers, friends, and family who have supported us on our spiritual journey. To take the final step, we must let go of all the props that were helpful, and give full trust to the Voice within.
This movie is a powerful demonstration for seeing that the only way to totally undo the ego, which was made to take the place of the true Self, is to pull the entire ego projection back to the mind.
Metaphysical goodie quotes:
Kevin Flynn: The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day ….
7 Year Old Sam Flynn: You got in.
Kevin Flynn: That’s right, man. I got in.
Sam Flynn: [the Sirens have formed a circle around Sam] Uh, can somebody tell me what the ….
Sam Flynn: [two of the Sirens hold up their pointer fingers which light up and begin dragging their finger down Sam’s sides which cut away Sam’s clothes] … Hey, Hey. It’s got a zipper ….
Sam Flynn: [a new uniform materializes over Sam] This can’t be good.
Computer Voice: Attention, Program. You will receive, an identity disc. Everything you do, or learn, will be imprinted on this disc. If you, lose your disc, or fail, to follow commands, you will be subject to immediate de-resolution.
Siren Jem: [the identity disc is attached to Sam’s back, Sam’s eyes flash] Marrying complete, disc activated and syncronized, proceed to games.
Sam Flynn: Games?
[the Sirens back away and return to their compartments. Sam sees one of the Sirens hesitating before stepping into her chamber]
Sam Flynn: What am I supposed to do?
Siren Jem: Survive.
Sam Flynn: You remember that night when you didn’t come home? You said ….
Kevin Flynn: I said I’d show you the Grid. Should have seen this place back then. Couldn’t wait to show it to you.
Sam Flynn: Must have been something before Clu screwed it up.
Kevin Flynn: No, no, he’s … he’s me. I screwed it up, chasing after perfection, chasing after what was right in front of me.
[turns to look at Sam]
Kevin Flynn: Right in front of me.
Sam Flynn: Look what you’ve accomplished. It’s incredible.
Kevin Flynn: [puts his hand on Sam’s shoulder] Sam … I’d have given it all up for one more day with you.
Sam Flynn: [about Quorra] She risked herself for me.
Kevin Flynn: Some things are worth the risk.
Sam Flynn: [about Quorra’s programming] She’s an ISO.
Kevin Flynn: Yeah. The last ISO.
Sam Flynn: All this time, you were just protecting her.
Kevin Flynn: She’s the miracle, man. Everything I ever worked for. “A digital frontier to reshape the human condition.”
Sam Flynn: I always thought that was a plug line.
Kevin Flynn: In our world, she can change everything.
Clu: You … You promised that we would change the world, together. You broke your promise ….
Kevin Flynn: I know. I understand that now.
Clu: I took this system to its maximum potential. I created the perfect system!
Kevin Flynn: The thing about perfection is that it’s unknowable. It’s impossible, but it’s also right in front of us all the time. You wouldn’t know that because I didn’t when I created you. I’m sorry, Clu. I’m sorry ….
Kevin Flynn: The only way to win the game is not to play.
Sam Flynn: [after Quorra runs off] What’s she doing?
Kevin Flynn: Taking herself out of the equation.
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