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(1982), PG [PG*] (1hr 30.75min)

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April 13, 2011
April 15, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

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(1982), PG [PG*] ... such a comparative [] illustrates the typical moral decay

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dune Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Walden Media
Distribution (US): Fox-Walden
Director(s): Michael Apted
Producer(s): Harrison Ellenshaw, Donald Kushner, Ron Miller
Written by: Steven Lisberger; (story - Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
Cinematography/Camera: Bruce Logan
Music: Wendy Carlos
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Pam Polifroni
Production Design: Dean Edward Mitzner
Art Direction: John B. Mansbridge, Al Roelofs
Viewed on Disney Home Entertainment DVD

I am elated at the chance to generate such a comparative of an original film with its remake that perfectly illustrates the typical moral decay between an original film and its remake. This comparative is for the 2010 release of Tron: Legacy and this 1982 release of Tron. It is a perfect revelation of the decay in moral content over 25+ years. I'll start out with the best tool for illustrating a comparative: a graphic of the scoring data:

There are many things the comparative reveals, but I'll bridle my energy and not itemize each of them. Besides, I suspect our readers are of a caliber that can figure out the things the comparative says without me enumerating them all. But I will a few. I will first ensure that everyone understands that the "13-PG" label for the 2010 Tron means it earned a final score in the range of scores earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database (the "13" in "13-PG") but the MPAA rated it PG (the "PG" in the "13-PG"). Thus the 2010 version of Tron earned a CAP PG-13 equivalent final score but is rated PG by the MPAA.

For the first comparison consider the influence density figures. Tron: Legacy presents 38% more assaults on morality and decency than the Tron 1982 version. Next, the final score of the 2010 version represents a 17.3% degradation in wholesome content.

I'll leave it to you to discern the other things the comparative reveals.

While trying to restore a subroutine on the mainframe Master Control Program (MCP) of Econ, the brilliant software engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) gets transported into the cyber world so that the MCP can feed Flynn to the game grid to die on the very game Flynn is designing. Tron, a security program Flynn wrote which monitors Encom systems to shut down other systems for unauthorized activity, does his best to help Flynn. Once Tron has access to the MCP he forces a special data disk Flynn was able to fetch between the drive stylus and the drive plate to force a shut down of the MCP and the world is saved.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 1 out of 100
As with the 2010 Tron a plethora of character deaths forced this investigation area score down. The deaths commbined with corporate theft, extortion, assault, torture and other matters of violence and/or crime stole 99 of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. Violence is not a good emotional companion since it is "catching." God warned us of this a long time ago [Prov. 16:29] Likewise have four professional public health agencies warned us.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 85 out of 100
Three times someone utters a single term of profanity [Col. 3:8]. The profanity combined with a single instance of confinement of characters against their will, the relatively low number of assaults on morality and decency applicable to this investigation area in this version of Tron lowered the original 100 points to only 85. The content in this area of the second Tron earned it a score of 70.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 56 out of 100
The form-fitting outfits worn in this first Tron were not as form revealing as the outfits worn in the second but that is a matter of subjectivity. The outfits worn in this version were still form-fitting more than one ought to wear to school or church. [1 Tim. 2:9] Between the two versions there is little difference regarding sexually immoral content.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
In the second version, Sam Flynn tugs on a can of beer. No one tugs on any alcoholic beverage in this version. In the second version the characters imbibe some sort of libation in The End of the Line club but there is no indication whether it is alcoholic or narcotic. But in this version the players do sip out of a pool of liquid that gives them more strength and power. Because the liquid gives them strength and power it is considered either narcotic or alcoholic. With a span of area scoring from 96 for this first version to 79 for the second version, there is a marked decay in content applicable to this investigation area between the two version.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
This version earned an area score of 93 while the second version earned a 91 - two points difference. Not an appreciable difference in a worldly sense but each time someone utters His name in vain, as was done twice in this version, it is "appreciable" to God. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
Here is where there is a significant increase in decay of content. In the second version murder and suicide was demonstrated at a rate of 3.3 per hour in the 1.82 hours of filming, resulting in an area score of 66. In this first version there is but one murder and no suicides.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us not only in Prov. 16:29 but in 1 Cor. 15:33 (below) as well. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • _ Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [apotithemi: rid yourself of, cast off, put away] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • 1 Tim. 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Tron (1982) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 1 out of 100
  • character torture, repeatedly
  • corporate theft of intellectual property
  • breaking and entering
  • extortion
  • assault, repeatedly
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • character death, repeatedly
  • game to the death
  • graphic "injury" to character

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 85 out of 100
  • three uses of profanity
  • confinement of characters against their will, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 56 out of 100
  • form-fitting outfits, repeatedly
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior
  • suggestion of prostitutes

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
  • consumption of substance to increase strength and power

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • two abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
  • murder by incineration

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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