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The special effects are eye-popping, especially the digitally created sand worms and cities. But Children of Dune's slow pacing and generally monotonous story show that looking good isn't better than being good.
Sci Fi Channel's long-awaited sequel to 2000's Dune turns everything up a notch: the special effects, the star power and the melodrama. It's everything a miniseries should be -- unless you're a diehard Frank Herbert fan.
Not only is the cast uniformly good, but the production values are strong and consistently applied... Children of Dune also boasts an excellent score and strong storytelling with very few scenes that seem tacked-on or superfluous.
The ambitious miniseries will bowl over viewers with its dynamic effects, sets, photography, costumes and Matrix-style action. Yet the themes of revenge and fanaticism are often muddled as the actors garble the portentous dialogue.