The son of a noble house is exiled to the desert following an attack on his family, and must uncover the meaning behind his prophetic dreams.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin,
Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dave Bautista,
Charlotte Rampling, Stephen McKinley Henderson
Remake of 1984's Dune
Based on the novel by Frank Herbert
Thanks to a year-long delay, the director's selfish comments, and two pretty impressive trailers, Dune has become one of the most anticipated films of the year. Most of us remember when David Lynch tried his hand at adapting this dense and convoluted story, and thanks to rampant studio interference, it failed. But with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneueve proved to be the right guy when it came to translating hard-to-follow sci-fi concepts to the big screen in a palatable fashion. And I must say, for someone with zero expectations who wasn't really lookin forward to this all that much, Dune is a badass sci-fi epic with a seriously amazing ensemble cast. And that's just the beginning, assuming Denis gets his sequel.
Ten thousand years in mankind's future, the noble houses of Atreides and Harkonnen are in a constant feud. When the Emperor of the Universe takes control of Planet Arrakis away from Harokonnen and gifts it to Atreides, the future of the universe's most valuable resource (spice) is in the hands of Duke Leto (Isaac) and his son Paul (Chalamet). But Harkonnen isn't finished yet, and they launch a full-scale war on Arrakis to wipe House Atreides from the universe. Meanwhile, Paul is having prophetic dreams and may just be the space messiah who is destined to bring balance to the universe. Villeneuve thought it best to split Dune into two parts, so as to provide a full story with little cut for time. Hopefully, he gets his second part because this was epic. I finally understand the gist of this story.
Dune has a phenomenal score by Hans Zimmer, and some of the most gorgeous cinematography of the decade by Grieg Fraser. The performances are all stellar. You can feel a sense of dedication and intensity that the 1984 version just did not have. I wish this film all the success in the world, because frankly, I want more.