Interesting, its great how interpretations work so well in a viewing of a movie.
I kinda agree and I wont say disagree I'd say have a different take because I don't think your points are invalid if thats how you interoperate it.
|So IOW, he wants to use Sam (and Sam's stock ownership) to push the company in the direction Alan wants. Sam has no desire to do this (Sam obviously has some feelings about Encom, but his participation may just be a sort of symbolic dig at his dad-- see, I'm gonna hurt the company you cared about and thereby hurt you). |
I don't think he wants to USE him in the sense of getting what he wants, he obviously shared Flynn's view of the company and cared for the man. Lets not forget he raised Flynn when his grandparents died so naturally he wants the best for him. He wants Sam to inherit what he naturally would have had if Flynn was not stuck in the Grid. Does he want to change the way the company works? Sure he hates Encoms current direction only after profits, he's an older generation when computers were there for the Users as they were in the 80s.
|Why push Sam to essentially be a reincarnation of his dad? Sam insists it's not what he wants to do with his life. And hell, who can blame him-- running a large company is a hard job even for someone who's really good at running companies. Sam's more like Flynn-- he's a dude who likes computers but that doesn't make him a businessman; he certainly hasn't got any experience even with running a small business (at least Flynn had that) and Alan wants to push him into a huge international company? (Frankly, I think he's setting Sam up to make the same mistakes Flynn did in T:B-- get into something way over his head and drown in it.) Even Alan admits it-- Sam says "do I really look ready to run a Fortune-500 company?" and Alan says "No." |
Well Flynn did say he was close to starting his own enterprise with Space Paranoids. I think Alan sees Sam and Flynn are so much alike and remembering what his father achieved has faith that Sam can do the same. But he does say he doesn't look ready but then he could be saying that about Sam's current appearance and prankish ways.
|I think Alan's as misguided as I've argued Flynn is.|
I think he is but for different reasons, Alan is still holding onto better days and still hoping that Flynn will save the day somehow.
|I think Alan's being very unfair. In the end, Sam does come around to that way of thinking but I don't think he ever would have done so if it were only up to Alan, who would have no idea that it would be a sense of closure over his dad that would get Sam there|
Maybe not unfair but unmoving in the sense that when Alan turned up at Sam's place he wasn't going to give him a choice, he was going to go. I think this is why Alan gives Sam the keys, he wanted Sam to have closure. Something we never know, what did the page say? Why was Alan convinced that Sam would find something?
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