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Light cycles have never looked so glorious.

  • The visuals. Holy. Fucking. SHIT. THE VISUALS.
    • The Tron Lines, with their sleek symmetrical designs, fill the entire movie with a distinctive, beautiful style that pays respect to the original film, while still making something unique and modern. Just those lines of light are enough to make the movie stand out.
      • Speaking of the Tron Lines, y'know how they're also on the character's costumes? That's REAL. Practical effects were used as often as possible, including the absolutely incredible costumes' lighting.
    • The landscapes, with their darkness to contrast the lines of light, the subtle geometrical symmetry throughout, it's stunning.
    • The way that programs die, shattering to millions of tiny little pixels. Gruesome? Yes. Beautiful? Absolutely.
    • Being able to digitally de-age someone was a massive feat back when the film came out. The effect HAS dated a bit, but at the time, that was impressive stuff.
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  • The arcade being made at Disneyland's Adventure Park, complete with classic 1980s games!
  • When Sam first lands in the Digital World, complete with the Flynn's Arcade in the background and a Recognizer hovering above him.
  • The disc battle is such an amazing mix of Daft Punk's stellar music, excellent cinematography, beautiful VFX, and awesome fight choreography that it became something that is just plain iconic.
  • The entire fight between Sam and Rinzler, but especially when they suddenly find themselves fighting upside-down. Bonus points for the camera remaining right side-up.
    • Since Rinzler is really Tron, it also adds more guts on Sam's part for facing him twice and surviving.
  • The face-off at the End of Line Club. Specifically when Kevin Flynn appears and turns the tide of the battle pretty much by just standing there.
  • Tron overcomes his brainwashing and tries to derezz Clu after repeating his famous line "I fight for the Users!"
    • While he fails, credit for trying.
  • Flynn sacrificing himself to let Sam and Quorra get to the real world by absorbing Clu and causing an explosion.
  • Tron's You Shall Not Pass! moment in Kevin's flashback.
  • It is Joseph Kosinski's feature film directorial debut. IT IS HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM. (He had previously only directed commercials). Real Life Moment of Awesome.
    • And doubles as a Real Life Call-Back; the original movie was Steven Lisberger's feature film directorial debut.
  • At the end of the "The Next Day" documentary where Sam pushes past the reporters and enters the elevator: one reporter asks if he has any statement for the press. His response is to open his jacket and show them the shirt he's wearing: FLYNN LIVES.
    • Which is even more awesome and heartwarming if you think of it in terms of Fridge Brilliance - of course FLYNN LIVES - he's Sam FLYNN and is taking up his father's legacy.
  • Giving Quorra some much-deserved love, this troper loved when she helps Sam take out Rinzler in Clu's quarters despite having her hands cuffed behind her back.
  • A Real Life example, having the crowd from San Diego Comic-Con be the Disc Wars audience, as seen in the "Disc Roars" feature on the Blu-Ray version.
  • Though not shown, Quorra's story of how Kevin saved her mentions that she was surrounded by Clu's soldiers, likely including Black Guards. Then Kevin appears over her to rescue her. Though she doesn't say it outright, the implication is that Kevin fought off all of Clu's troops to save her.
  • The light cycle scene, like the first movie, is a gorgeous, intense, amazing showcase of stellar visual effects in a fantastic action sequence. Let's go over some specifics.
    • All of the programs on Sam's team dodging Clu's brigade of light cycles, two of the programs giving some advice to Sam, followed by Sam giving a slight cocky grin.
    Sam: Now this, I can do.
    • A slow motion shot of Sam leaping into the air, activating his light cycle, and speeding off.
    • Sam and another program tag-teaming one of Clu's mooks, with Sam distracting him while the allied program creates a wall in front of him, instantly destroying him.
    • Finally, Clu knocking Sam off of his cycle by slashing the front wheel with his disc. Does Sam run? Nope. He stands there, in front of Clu's cycle, disc drawn. Fortunately, help arrives Just in Time.
  • Speaking of Clu, how about his New Era Speech?: "Out there, is a new world! OUT THERE IS OUR VICTORY!!! Out there... is our destiny!"
    • Also qualifies as a Call-Back to Kevin's speech to Encom and, more generally, as a Rousing Speech to his troops. A villainous example, mind you, but that's beside the point.
  • The ENCOM security guard looks like your stereotypical fat, incompetent guard, at first. But once he hears an alarm and realizes they've been infiltrated, he heads for the server room to confront the possibly-armed intruder even though he's terrified. And when Sam escapes to the crane on the roof, the same fat guard is the only one willing to follow him up there, confront the "thief", and try to talk Sam down. Very brave for some random guy.


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