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Dune

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8.12 h 35 min2021X-RayHDR12
“Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his people.
Directors
Denis Villeneuve
Starring
Timothée ChalametRebecca FergusonOscar Isaac
Genres
Science FictionDramaFantasyAdventureAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Josh BrolinStellan SkarsgårdDave BautistaStephen McKinley HendersonZendaya Maree Stoermer ColemanChang ChenSharon Duncan-BrewsterCharlotte RamplingJason MomoaJavier Bardem
Producers
Mary ParentDenis VilleneuveCale BoyterJoseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
Studio
WARNER BROS.
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4.2 out of 5 stars

16103 global ratings

  1. 58% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Ian MaroneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not a patch on the original
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The CGI is good but there is too much padding in the film which does not allow it to flow (story line wise). Great disappointment it could have been so much more and better. Save your money until it is cheaper to rent or purchase. In addition there is so much padding in this film that it is split into two parts meaning twice the cost to see the whole film, talk about getting as much as you can from the viewing public.
41 people found this helpful
EReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply stunning visually, dark and brooding, epic in scale, a magnificent piece of film making
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Finally, the film that the greatest Sci-Fi novel ever written deserves! It's simply stunning
visually and epic in scale, it has a dark and brooding malevolence to it, that the other film
and TV adaptations lacked. Stellan Skarsgard's Baron Harkonnen reminded me of Marlon
Brando's Colonel Kurtz. But all the cast, crew and writers did a magnificent job, the latter
especially followed the source material really closely, I could not remember any key moments
from the book missing. Filming it as a two-part adaptation, has nodoubt enabled them to do that.
Suffice to say, I'm really pleased that the sequel has got the green light! As I said in the headline,
it's a magnificent piece of film making. Waiting for the sequel will be like waiting for the next installment
of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
34 people found this helpful
SMH77Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is only the beginning...
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Chani's promise to Paul and also the final words of Dune: Part One. Those of you who take your films a little too seriously. And that includes me. Will know by now that Part Two has been greenlit. Enough of us went to the cinema to watch it, or rented it at home, or even pre ordered it on UHD. I did all three, and bought a pretty cool House Atriedes t-shirt as well. So that should give you some hint that...yes...I liked what I saw.

Frank Herbert wrote Dune back in 1965 and it was originally released as two serials. So it's pretty apt that Denis Villeneuve decided to adapt it into two films. It won the Hugo award in 66 and also the first Nebula award. Dune is universally regarded as one of the greatest Sci-Fi novels ever. It's certainly my favourite. Not a quick read but well worth reading before viewing the film.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

If you do read the first novel you will of course then know the events and finale to Part Two. However, those who have or will read the book should bear in mind that some elements, plots, even secondary characters, have been altered or omitted. This is not an entirely faithful adaptation. But it is an effective one. Villeneuve has talked about the possibility of making it a trilogy. This would mean Dune Messiah (the second, much thinner novel) becoming Part Three. I would certainly watch it if he films it, but would not be too dissapointed if he calls it a day after Part Two. Dune (the novel) ends on a triumphant note. Dune Messiah...well...as history shows...those lauded as such...rarely escape their tragic fall.

Anyway, enough of the speculation. Back to my review of the film. This was filmed on a budget of around $165 000 000. So what does that not inconsiderable sum get you these days. Well...it gets you the best Sci-Fi director for a start. The man responsible for Arrival and Bladerunner 2049 would be hard to beat. Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Martian, Raised By Wolves) and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) would have been good as well. But they got their man. And once they had him, he knew who to get next.

And that brings me to a whole new paragraph. And. Hans Zimmer. Because while the cast is exceptional and ply their trade with great skill, this is very much an artistic film. Epic in nature, grandiose in vision, from the watery windswept Caladan to the sweeping desert vistas of Arrakis. The score is spine-tingling and innovative. Who would have thought bagpipes could mix with the obvious middle eastern leanings. Zimmer turned down Tenet and No Time To Die in favour of Dune. I think he made the right call.

Going back to the cast. The greatest Sci-Fi of all time needs star power. So here you have the next young pretender Timothee Chalamet. I can't think of anyone else who has the youth, waif like appearance, and acting talent to portray the steely tempered innocence of Paul Atriedes. Zendaya is the focus of his dreams of foresight and although she has little to do as Chani other than act mysterious and beguile the viewer. She does it very well. And don't forget she does utter the closing words to the film. In all seriousness though Villeneuve has already said she will be very much at the centre of the sequel along with Paul. Rebecca Ferguson is superb as Lady Jessica. As a member of the all female Bene Gesserit order. She exhibits both their chilling demeanour and internal conflict with her maternal instincts for Paul. She knows how to play the long game and is aware of the trap that the Emperor has laid. As is Duke Leto played by Oscar Isaac. The role calls for honour, nobility, and self sacrifice, he delivers all three, and throws in a bit of fatherly love as well. To these you can add Jason Momoa as the warrior Duncan Idaho. He adds some much needed levity and teaches the Emperor's Sardaukar troops that they are not quite the elite force they believe themselves to be. As do the native Fremen. And speaking of them. Yet another A Lister in Javier Bardem as Stilgar one of the Fremen leaders. He sounds basically the same as in every other film he's ever been in. But his is the voice of reason. And it works. Other notables include a gruffly stern Josh Brolin (a lesser minstrel than in the book) as Gurney Halleck. Dave Bautista as the brutish Glossu Rabban. Whose uncle is the even more brutish grossly repugnant Baron Vladimir Harkonnen played with sinister sibilance by Stellan Skarsgard. There are more...but my finger's starting to cramp. Suffice to say...Villeneuve said...Dune anyone?..And everyone who is anyone wanted a piece of that!

Hopefully I have given some idea of the spectacle that this film is. Filmed on a grand scale. The complexity of the first half of the book pared down to 2.5 hours of plotting and treachery that leads to the fall of House Atriedes. An Emperor (who you won't see till Part Two) trying to destabilise those who might become strong enough to challenge him. Who in turn is but a pawn in the hands of the Bene Gesserit whose almost alien intelligence and powers seek to create the perfect bloodline. The irony being that their manipulation forces Paul Atriedes on the path to creating an unstoppable monster. Every action has a consequence. And underpinning it all the spice Melange found on one planet whose deadly environment has created an army of deadly fighters waiting for their Mesiah...their Jihad...

This is of course all my own opinion. Their have been lots of reviews that praised the look but deemed it all a bit shallow. I can understand how some might see it as a bit pretentious. Both Arrival and Bladerunner 2049 had a similar detachment of feeling and visual priority. But I think the overall rating on sites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes accurately reflects the post covid success that this film has been.

Now I'm off to buy the soundtrack...
28 people found this helpful
Prsxl5Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful
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So disappointing. One dimensional characters, totally luck lustre and boring. The original movie whilst far from perfect beats this version in every category. Save your money.
26 people found this helpful
EntropykReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not much to rave about
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This version is way too tame, despite good special effects and a plethora of decent actors. We’re on autopilot here. We’re witnessing a story where none of the characters are relatable in any way. None to really like or dislike. It all just plods along, without much charm or surprises. The whole mysticism of the Bene Gesserit is washed down, the Baron Harkonnens is lame, Paul Atreides’ personality is absent… Despite all its flaws and having been disowned by its creator, David Lynch’s version was way more involving in its over the top madness and theatrical acting.
I might watch the next one but I won’t hold my breath for it, I doubt it will veer away from a well trodden path.
19 people found this helpful
GIWReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bland
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I was talking to a friend about this movie whilst sitting in living room ten feet from my Echo Dot. I said I would like to see it when the price came down. Next day I found it paid for in my 'Orders' list on Amazon as I'd paid for it I watched it and was disappointed. CGI is good but I've seen better - The Lady Jessica role is a real let down - in the books as a Bene Gesserit and concubine of a Duke she has presence and authority and the Duke is deeply in love with her - in this movie she's made a cowering wimp whom the Duke appears to bully!!!! Too much emphasis on Duncan Idaho who is ,in the books, really a side character until later in the story when other issues are revealed. This movie is only half of the first book and even though I've read the books several times I found it a bit disjointed and somehow vague. The 1984 was panned but for me it is a much better movie the finished the first book completely. I'll watch the second movie when its available but not at the 'Cinema Release' cost
15 people found this helpful
Infinity DriveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good new re-interpretation of the classic Sci Fi novel
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A good new re-interpretation of the classic Dune novel, which is the third time it has made it to the movie screen... This is the first part of what maybe a double movie or a trilogy... as part I.

Great things about this movie for me: it has stunning visual effects and unlike the other incarnations as a movie or series, it stays quite faithful to the narrative in the book and emphasizes parts of the novel which other movies have not. For example, it emphasizes the Atredies family symbolism of the bull repeatedly. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer as ever is simply stunning, brooding, atmospheric, powerful - which matches the first half of the book. I felt it captured that feeling quite well of the atmosphere of things brewing in the story, its a trap but we are going anyway, plots and manipulations behind the scenes. The knife fight scenes are visercal, raw and excellently put together. The movie also paced well, to give time for the narrative to properly unfold, which is something that Lynch's movie did not.

I felt the main characters were cast exceptionally well except for two characters Gurney Hallek and Duncan Idaho, whilst they bring an excellent physicality to the role not present in past movies, they dont seem to match the book to me... Gurney does have an excellent line 'they're brutal' in referring to the Harkonnens and the distrustful nature is portrayed well which again is in line with the books when you know his backstory... although let us see with the next installation... A general comment compared with the Lynch movie, it has excellent phrased line delivered in a potent manner- whereas in this movie some of the key phrases from the book seem mumbled or glossed over as if a passing comment rather than a key statement which in some ways makes it more natural but does not have as much impact... But this is a minor comment to be honest as the overall standard is excellent. The portrayal of the Harkonnens in this version is excellent in my view. In previous screen versions they were overblown to the point of making them ridiculous, but in this version - they are much more sophisticated, subtle, more sinister and Stellan Skarsgard is perfect as the Baron, much more believable. I liked the visual effects of the Shield and how the Sardaukar are portrayed.... generally all the visuals are excellent and somehow feel believable as future space faring races...

The Bene Gesserit are portrayed very well I felt too in this movie with a very cold and manipulating vibe about them. I liked how the Fremen were portrayed too The portrayal of Paul Atredies and his immediate family in this version - I felt was absolutely excellent as an adolescent coming of age and uncertain of the future... and I also noted echoes of the future storyline 'children of dune' novel and the future storyline of Paul '...A horrific war across the universe, chanting my name' or something to that effect..

I totally enjoyed this movie and am looking forward to the next installation, an excellent new reinterpretation of a classic, recommended.
10 people found this helpful
S.DReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great adaptation
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I found myself comparing this to the original, it does some things better and some things not as well. While the original rushed the middle story, it's looks like this modern remake is going to tell a bit more of the story.

I kind of wished that it was a bit longer, maybe 3+ hours as I think this story deserves the same run time as the LOTR trilogy. I hope for 3 films, but there will likely be only two.
12 people found this helpful
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