This is one of the most electrifying movie scenes I’ve seen in awhile.
I first saw this in an IMAX theatre with my cousin and my brother. I rarely see movies in theatres that I like. And by rarely, I mean just about never. But Tron looked cool in the commercials so I thought I’d give it a shot.
Sitting in the enormous 3D IMAX theatre as the movie started, I felt something in the pit of my stomach as Daft Punk’s soundtrack started slowly but surely in the beginning scenes.
And then this scene happened. (spoiler) What happens before this scene is a young Sam, looking out his window wondering when his dad is going to come back. His grandmother calls for him to eat, after which a frustrated Sam runs out the house and rides his bicycle out in the rain with his grandmother calling after him.
Which then cuts to this scene. For the first few seconds, you don’t hear the other cars on the freeway or the engine of his Ducati. You only hear two things: Daft Punk’s awesome music and his grandmother calling his name from the distance as an older Sam speeds away, his problems too big for the rest of the world.
Next, you see him divert the police who try to catch him for speeding with pure genius. He turns off his light, speeds up in front of a truck, and exits off the ramp, never to be seen by the cops. So quick, so smooth, so sick. Later on, (spoiler) Sam tells his dad that he went to Caltech but dropped out.
To me, this movie scene did in a minute and 30 seconds what the current and past generations have tried to do their entire lives. James Dean and the Beats have nothing on this.
This was one of the YouTube comments:
“Remember taking a sick day off work to go see this. No one else around but me, so I went to the cinema on my own. Had been working late shifts all week.. not even a moment to myself.
When I sat down in the theatre and watched this.. it felt like freedom.. like release. Like I was watching what I wanted to do more then anything else right then, what we all want to do so often. Just get away.. from the world.. on a speeding motorbike. Chased by the man, only to give him the slip.. and escape.”
If this appeals to me, a 20 year old who is still in COLLEGE, then you can see how this appeals to a 30 something who is old enough to have grown up with the original Tron, who is young enough to understand technology and culture to appreciate this, and most importantly, who is old enough to understand that they are going to be working their desk job for a very long time.
Sometimes, it’s hard not to take that narcissistic fix.
The rest of the movie is awesome, despite the poor plot. Better than Disneyland for me.