Tron. No, wait… Tron: Legacy.
The bumped thread about the sequel got me thinking about this. I liked the film okay, but it was such a missed opportunity in so many ways. Mostly, I think, because it was trying to be the original film, instead of trying to do what the original film did.
Lemme see if I can explain that better.
Tron was an attempt to create a fantasy world that reflected the state of the art in computing in 1984, and for all its flaws, it worked on that level. Tron Legacy tried to create a fantasy world that looked like the one in the original movie, but with a better special effects budget. The problem is, it makes the computer world of 2010 look like the computer world of 1984. Where are the landmarks of the digital age? Where’s the Halls of Wikipedia? The Great Bazaar of Amazon? Where are the sleazy back alleys of the pay-for-porn sites, populated by thuggish malware?
When Tron came out, computers were pretty much magic black boxes to most people, but society is a lot more computer savvy now, and a reboot could get a lot of play out of that. Imagine our hero, looking for information, going into a seedy bar to meet with a spyware program. In the background, a monitor over the bar features an earnest-looking site reader, recounting the death toll in the recent server crash in Asia. Our hero sees his contact, but accidentally bumps into a neckless Navy missile control program, who takes a swing at him, and a brawl erupts, until the local Task Managers arrive to break it up, forcing a restart on the more surly customers, and sending the rest on their way.
I’d keep the first movie in continuity, but it’s remembered as a fabled golden age, contrasted with the degraded modern era. At the climax of the second act, when the protagonist finally puts on the glowy pajamas and frisbee outfit from the original, it’s like a knight in literally shining armor showing up to kick ass and take names.
Tron himself would, essentially, be MalwareBytes.