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NEW YORK (OSV News) – Moviegoers craving insightful drama are unlikely to patronize a film called "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" (Warner Bros.). That's just as well because, while this sequel to the 2019 origin story for the titular DC Comics character serves up action, special effects and some humorous dialogue, it fails to make much of a lasting impression.

In part, that's due to the fact that returning director David F. Sandberg's extension of the series, though diverting, comes overburdened with lore about both the morally upright and villainous forces who face off in his adventure. Thus there's almost as much backstory as present-day plot.

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