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Dug Dug Review: A Funny Religious Satire That Goes On Too Long

Dug Dug is a movie that starts off really fun and intriguing, but then it goes on too long and gets to be a bit too much.

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Dug Dug is a movie that starts off really great, but the longer it goes on, the longer it falls apart. While the cast is great, and the story is fun, there are some issues. This movie is a funny religious satire that unfortunately, just goes on too long for its own good. Still, that first half makes it worth checking out.

In this movie a man is killed in an unfortunate motorcycle accident. After his death, his Dug-Dug motorcycle repeatedly keeps showing up at the scene after it is removed by police. Surrounding this unexplainable events, a new religion is born. 

The first hour of this movie is a hilariously funny religious satire. It plays off the idea that people are so very easily manipulated into thinking outrageous things, just because they have no better explanation for it. There is great writing and some similarly great cinematography. The humor is very well done, and helps to make the movie enjoyable and fun. 

Almost right from the start audiences will be by the plot, and eager to see where it goes. However, the longer it continues the more repetitive it seems. The style itself is full of montages which isn’t bad at first, but they get to be annoying and could even take some people completely out of the experience. This film would have been a lot better as a short, or with fewer montages.

All that being said, this movie has a great take on religion, and is entertaining enough to make it worth watching because of the humor and the message. While it pokes fun at religion, it never seems to go too far to offend those who are very religious. 

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About Dug Dug

After a freak accident on a rural road bisects a 40-year-old alcoholic named Thakur, the Dug Dug–brand motorcycle he was riding is recovered and locked up at a nearby police station. The following morning, the bike is inexplicably found back at the crash site — its locks unbroken. It is removed once more but, again and again, it manifests at the place of Thakur’s death.

As word spreads of these bizarre incidents, so does a belief that Thakur’s spirit has inhabited the vehicle and that its miraculous movements are signs of divinity. When some locals begin to make offerings to the bike of its owner’s favourite delights (namely alcohol), they begin to attribute their good fortune to Thakur’s providence, and before long an infectious religious fervour breaks out.

Dug Dug played at TIFF 21.