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Sam Flynn and John Connor Similarities

Is Sam Flynn Modeled After John Connor?

If you're trekking out to the theater this weekend to see Tron Legacy (or maybe you already have?), you may also notice something interesting: a striking similarity between Sam Flynn and John Connor of the Terminator series (specifically Terminator 2: Judgment Day).

As I recall, John Connor was a rebellious punk kid whose mom was locked away in a mental hospital, and acts out by hacking ATMs, speeding through the streets of LA on his dirt bike, and spends a majority of his time playing video games at the behest of his foster parents. Comparatively, Sam Flynn lost his dad at a young age (who we find out later has been locked away in a virtual world), and acts out by hacking into ENCOM's computers, speeding through the streets on his Ducati, and battles programs in virtual games inside the Grid. Although John Connor's tools seem antique now compared to Sam's slim and portable Nokia N8 ('memba that computer John used to hack into the ATM?), the themes are pretty similar. Further, although no one likes to talk about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, you could say that Garrett Hedlund sorta looks like Nick Stahl. Yes? No?

Can you find any other similarities between Tron Legacy and Terminator, or Sam and John? Play along in the comments!

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