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Tron: Legacy (2010). Directed by Joseph Kosinski. The film continues 20 years after the previous story. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is a controlling shareholder in the computer company ENCOM, at least since his father (Jeff Bridges) disappeared many years previously. A friend of his father tells him that he has received a mysterious page from an old games arcade that belonged to his father. Sam goes there to investigate, and discovers a hidden room full of computer equipment. Before he realises what is happening he is transported into the computer world of the first film, albeit much evolved. Tron: Legacy is a great example of style over substance, for me at least. The film is gorgeous, and chock full of amazing physical and CG effects. But the story and characters all feel rather soulless, ironically. Hedlund in particular just feels like rent-a-hunk. Even a (rather retro 80s sounding) Daft Punk soundtrack can't save it, although it's not the most exciting soundtrack in the world either, otherwise it might have proven a helpful distraction. Ultimately for me it just scraped entertaining, with a particularly dull first hour and 20 minutes, offset against a somewhat more exciting final 30. Fans of films that are big on effects and light on content might get a kick out of it. Others may be disappointed. 3/5 (Average)