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Tron: The Beginner's Guide
What you need to know before seeing Tron Legacy this week…

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Tron got some seriously mixed reviews on its release in July 1982. Variety sniffed, “Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement. Screenwriter-director Steven Lisberger has adequately marshalled a huge force of technicians to deliver the dazzle, but even kids (and specifically computer game geeks) will have a difficult time getting hooked on the situations". Hmmm… where have we heard that sort of talk recently? The film is legendary for being a massive belly flop, but while it didn’t exactly go on to become a beloved blockbuster like another film released the same year called ET, it managed to drag in $33 million in business from US audiences. So not a hit by any means, but not quite the disaster it has sometimes been branded. And no, it didn’t kick off a franchise either. At least not until Disney decided that it was time to dust off the name and continue the story…

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