Director: Denis Villeneuve
Runtime: 156 min
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem
Synopsis: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
French Canadian filmmaker, Denis Villeneuve [Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), Incendies (2010)] directs this Warner Bros film. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune, is the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name, from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth, and is one of the most hotly anticipated blockbuster films of the year.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. Malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential. But only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
In this first part of two films, Timothée Chalamet [Call Me by Your Name (2017), Lady Bird (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018), Little Women (2019)] is the charismatic lead as Paul Atreides. The emperor has given his family the desert planet Arrakis where the most important spice is mined. It is a trap and everyone knows it.
Also in the superb ensemble are : Rebecca Ferguson [Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Fallout], Oscar Isaac [the Star Wars franchise] Josh Brolin [Milk, Avengers: Infinity War], Stellan Skarsgård [HBO’s Chernobyl, Avengers: Age of Ultron], Dave Bautista [the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Avengers: Endgame], Stephen McKinley Henderson [Fences, Lady Bird], Zendaya [Spider-Man: Homecoming, HBO’s Euphoria], Chang Chen [Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon], David Dastmalchian [Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight], Sharon Duncan-Brewster [Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Netflix’s Sex Education], with Charlotte Rampling [45 Years, Assassin’s Creed], with Jason Momoa [Aquaman, HBO’s Game of Thrones], and Oscar winner Javier Bardem [No Country for Old Men, Skyfall].
Any weighty issues in the source material are overshadowed by the scope and ambition of this visually thrilling and breathtaking adaptation, which displays reverence for the 1965 Dune novel and establishes this new sci-fi film as relevant today.
Dune is set in a far future galactic empire and has geopolitical global and ecological themes throughout, created with special effects which are are state-of-the-art and beyond, leaving the previous versions behind. Greig Fraser’s camera (using a mix of Imax and 2.35) makes evocative use of natural locations, especially the Jordanian desert that represents the rolling dunes of the planet Arrakis, where most of the action is set. Hans Zimmer’s relentless,pulsing and brooding score, uses non vocal female choruses, exciting percussion and even bagpipes to create atmosphere.
Dune deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible to do justice to this visually breathtaking spectacle.
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