The National Catholic Review

I don't know if any of our readers are interested in the new Tron film, but I went to see it Friday and I have to say, it has one of the more compelling images of original sin of recent times.  Jeff Bridges plays this computer programmer father-figure who creates a program,"Clu", (it's an acronym for fast-talking moviespeak gobbeldygook), to work with him to build the perfect universe. Clu looks just like Bridges -- only in a freaky, Grand Theft Auto digital recreation sort of way -- but as a program he thinks only as Bridges has instructed him. 

Like anyone who thinks they know for certain what would make the perfect universe -- even Democrats -- Bridges is fundamentally misguided, and as a result the mission that Clu pursues relentlessly ends up ruining everything for everyone. (Think fascist state with cool Light-Brite clothing.)  Put in Catholic-speak, the sins of the father affect not only the son that was formed by them, but the whole world.  

Look closely in the film and you can also find an interesting take on the Trinity, and the coolest version of frisbee football ever. It's worth a look.  

Jim McDermott, S.J.  

 

Comments

Beth Cioffoletti | 12/19/2010 - 8:00am
David, my friends used to give me the "bah-humbug" award every Christmas.  I think that you could give me some good competition! :-)