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Tron (1982)

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Old Mar 7, 2004, 01:49 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with the Bible? You cannot appreciate much literature and arts without knowing the Bible. Tron is clearly an allegory on the Christian gospel. The Users = God; note the expression, "My user." There are bad programs, who are dupes of MasterContro = atheists dupes of satan. "Sark" is the Greek root for flesh, one of the enemies of the Christian. p. 13: "The concept of the Users struck him as so basic, so instrinsic . . . ." = the existence of God is axiomatic. A program is made in the image of the user.

- p. 50: "Our spirit remains in every program" = God breathed into Adam the breath of life"

- Flynn becomes a program in the Computer World and saves the computer world from the MCP = Christ becomes a man and saves the world from satan

- pp. 92-93: There is a waterfall and stream = the Holy Spirit Who gives power;

- the disk = the Bible, the word of God, instrument of warfare (Sword of the Spirit) and instrument of receiving the Holy Spirit's power; they drink using the disk.

- The Communication Bean = prayer

- Flynn brings Yori back to life = Christ raising the dead

- p. 165, Sark is apparently by the MCP brought back to life with a horrible wound = the Beast in Revelation with an apparent resurrection

- p. 168 The MCP is possibly a former "Guardian" = Cherub? (satan the "anointed cherub that covered; Ezek 28; Isaiah 14)

- p. 167 "a feeling like that is the laser lab . . . digitized" = Flynn's sacrifice of self to save the computer world = the cross of Christ;

- Flynn leaves the computer to go back to the outside world = the ascension. And there is a new creation.

The movie is a very clever allegory -- of course it does not match perfectly the gospel. Those who do not know the Bible are doomed to poverty in understanding the arts.

Other excellent features:

1. The old sci-fi plot would have an evil computer trying to take over the world. In Tron, the computer is neutral, having evil and good programs in it -- so far as I know, an orginal approach.

2. There is a nice little allusion to the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still," p. 27: "GORT, KLAATU BARADA NIKTO!"

This is a most excellent movie.
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 07:57 AM   #2
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Or those who don't know the BIBLE inside out could just get on with enjoying a film for what it's worth without the prevailing and intruding thoughts of comparison.
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