TRON Legacy Themes
The original TRON film was a visual and auditory feast fist and introspective tale second. TRON: Legacy, the sequel, continues that tradition, focussing heavily on how skilfully technology has been imported into our lives and impacted us. TRON: Legacy brings forward the issues of “Achieving Perfection” and “Humanity” which is embedded deep within the screenplay and visual techniques.
The theme “achieving perfection” is expressed through Kevin’s desires of “creating the perfect system”. The context of the theme takes place in between the original film and the sequel. Follow the original film, Kevin’s wife passes away which acts as the catalyst to his focus and efforts in creating a “digital frontier to reshape the human condition” in which he calls “The Grid”. He ...view middle of the document...
Consequently, CLU turned on Kevin, seized control of the Grid and began to eradicate the ISOs as he saw them as an imperfection in the system. Kevin attempted to counterattack against CLU’s but this only made CLU stronger and it became apparent that the only way Kevin could stop CLU was to reintegrate him, an act that would simply destroy both of them. Kevin realized his mistakes too late leaving him in exile, in the system he had created therefore demolishing his dreams.
The issue of the theme “humanity” is presented through Kevin’s vein pursuit of perfection at the expense of the only attainable perfection in human emotions. Kevin’s mistake in the beginning was not realizing that as humans, we are as flawed as nature, unpredictable and imprecise. This is shown when Kevin goes against his original wishes and protects the ISOs. He allows his emotions to gets the better of him which ultimately results in his downfall. This exemplifies the point that it is literally impossible for absolute perfection to be achieved in human life. Our emotions are what usually inform us what we believe may be the right thing to do even though they may not necessarily be the right thing.
The metaphysical message that has been implanted into the storyline is Just like computer programs, perhaps we have “users” as well in some reality to which we can’t relate The creators of the movie deliberately tried to make the real world look a little like the computer world to make this point. The theme that has been talked about many times now is that perhaps we all have a “better self,” and the question is are we going to strive to access that better self, or are we going to go through life never trying to get in touch with it?.