Apparently, the special effects for the Sandman ran $100 million over budget
; that is already impressive, for an overall movie budget of $250 million. But then, try to remove the character from the plot, and it works just as well (or would, with pretty minor adjustments), which begins to make it a bit of an expensive accessory.
OK, I admit it, it's not completely true - the character does bring more than special effects, and I liked the movie, at least more than what I expected given the so-so reviews it got
. Nevertheless, the movie felt a bit long at times, and would have gained from some trimming.