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TRON: Legacy (PG)

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Review byMatthew Turner17/12/2010

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 127 mins

Hugely disappointing, style-over-substance sequel that's let down by a derivative script, wooden performances, poorly directed action sequences and a criminal lack of humour.

What's it all about?
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Tron: Legacy is a sequel to 1982's fondly-remembered-but-not-actually-all-that-good original. Garrett Hedlund stars as Sam Flynn, who receives a mysterious message from his long-disappeared father Kevin (Jeff Bridges) and gets zapped into his father's self-created digital world when he discovers a hidden room behind an old Tron arcade game.

Forced to battle with cyber-frisbees and win light cycle races to stay alive, Kevin is rescued by the beautiful warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and eventually meets up with his aging father, who's been trapped in the cyber-world for twenty years. Together they team up to fight the evil Clu, a digitally younger version of Kevin (a digitally younger Jeff Bridges) intent on making the cyber-world his own.

The Good
Visually, the film is extremely impressive, with blacked-out, neon-lit landscapes and striking set designs throughout. That said, the film is very much a case of style over substance and the much vaunted 3D effects add so little that you might as well see it in 2D instead.

The film has two more things in its favour: firstly, a terrific electro score by Daft Punk (who cameo as DJs) and secondly, the drop-dead gorgeous Olivia Wilde, who steals every scene she's in just by opening her eyes (her skin-tight leather, neon-highlighted costume will no doubt become a fixture of fancy dress parties and fan conventions everywhere).

The Bad
Unfortunately, the other performances are dreadful – Hedlund approaches Hayden Christensen levels of wooden, while Bridges mistakenly channels The Big Lebowski's The Dude and ends up being out-acted by his CGI counterpart. At the other end of the scale, Michael Sheen pops up in a wildly over-the-top, embarrassingly awful cameo that seems to belong to a different film.

The film's biggest problem is that it fails to deliver on the action sequences – for all the hi-tech computer wizardry on display there's actually nothing here that's as good as the light cycle chase in the original film. On top of that, the dialogue is atrocious and everyone is so po-faced and serious that any potential for fun or humour is completely lost.

Worth seeing?
Despite its stunning visuals, Tron: Legacy is something of a disappointment, thanks to a dismal script, poor pacing, underwhelming action sequences and some dodgy performances. Great soundtrack though.

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