Tron Legacy (2010) (part 2 of 7)
Sam runs from his well-meaning grandparents and hops onto his bike. The shot flashes to his older version unsafely riding a motorcycle at high speed. Because he’s a badass rebel who doesn’t have to play by your rules! Yeah! Stick it to the man, you spoiled multibillionaire!
He gets chased by a cop, and through some incredibly irresponsible, unsafe driving, eventually eludes him, and I conclude, before the character even takes off his helmet, that he’s basically a dick. Nothing I see in the rest of the movie will prove to change my mind.
And when he does take off said helmet, he reveals himself to be Garrett Hedlund, best known to the world from his appearance in the Oscar-worthy fantasy epic Eragon, where he played a character far more heroic than the actual hero. He proved then what sort of actor he was and continues that trend with this film. Also, by Agony Booth standards, he’s now a Repeat Offender.
He leaves his motorcycle out on the street where, despite probably being fairly expensive, it’s somehow not stolen. He then uses a Nokia smart phone to break into Encom through a big door. Yes, it’s apparently the same big door as in the first movie. And does he comment on it? Yes, he does, saying, “Now that is a big door,” in a perfunctory fashion. Because this movie will rub your face in references rather than just let you sit back and enjoy them. That’s okay. I want to rub this movie’s face in a steaming pile of Bay.
Inside the Encom boardroom, the people who actually run the company and let Bruce Wa—excuse me, Sam Flynn—do what he pleases, are preparing for the release of their new operating system software, Encom OS 12. Intercut with this discussion are shots of Sam sneaking his way through the company, including a shot of him blinding a security camera with a laser pointer. After he runs past, a guard notices the white-out, and taps the screen with his coffee cup. That of course fixes the problem. Kind of like how thumping on your windshield will fix a problem with your spark plugs.
Up in the board meeting, the Evil CEO is talking about Encom OS 12, and makes special mention of Edward Dillinger, Jr. This is so we all know who the bad guy will be in the next movie. I know this because a: he’s played by a reasonably well-known actor (Cillian Murphy), and b: he serves no purpose in this movie other than to set up the next one.
Sam is continuing to dinker around, sneaking through the building. To be fair, I suppose I should point out here that we haven’t been told this is actually Sam Flynn. But we all know it is from the trailers, and because we’ve seen movies before. Those of us who are of a thinking sort of mind might start saying to themselves, “Hang on. Kevin Flynn owned Encom, right? Or at least was a majority shareholder? Presumably when he ‘died’ those shares transferred over to Sam, right? That makes him majority shareholder. Why is he sneaking around his own company?” To which the movie replies, “Shut up, that’s why.”
Sam makes his way into a server room that has some rather ominous overtones to it.
In the process, he trips a laser alarm which causes the security guard (apparently, the only one in the building) to dash from his room, spilling his coffee in what I think is a variation of the Praxis Teacup Rule.
Upstairs, Alan Bradley asks what changes and upgrades have been made to OS 12 to justify a new release, and the associated expenses to students and businesses. The Evil CEO replies, “This year we put a 12 on the box,” and then cackles with evil glee and eats the arm of a dead baby. Because, as we all know, that’s all software companies do. Because they are evil. And stuff.
Dillinger explains that the software is the most secure ever, and that the idea of giving it away for free vanished with Flynn. Well, okay. No one suggested giving it away for free, but maybe there was an edit that removed a line where Bradley said that or something.
Of course, what this really is supposed to be is a setup for a scene a few seconds later where we see Sam uploading a copy of the software onto a file sharing site, thus essentially releasing it for free. Well, unless the company requires some sort of activation code or something like that. Or requires online verification of the software. Which they probably would. Sure, some people would be able to get around it, but most people would still have to buy a copy, so he may have just cost the company about 1% in sales. The company he basically owns. What a rebel.
As the OS hits the web, the Evil CEO panics, wondering how he’ll explain the fact that their new expensive OS has just gone out for free, because no one has ever had an operating system leak out to the public on file sharing sites before. Dillinger plays it cool, and tells him to just say it was intentional, then walks out of the movie.