Dune

Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, 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.

  • Released: 2021-09-15
  • Runtime: 155 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Chang Chen, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Charlotte Rampling, Babs Olusanmokun, Benjamin Clémentine, Golda Rosheuvel, Souad Faress, Roger Yuan, Oliver Ryan, Stephen Collins, Charlie Rawes, Elmi Rashid Elmi, Gloria Obianyo, Paul Bullion, Balázs Megyeri, Peter Sztojanov Jr., Björn Freiberg, Ferenc Iván Szabó, István Áldott, Richard Carter, Seun Shote, Neil Bell, Benjamin Dilloway, Tachia Newall, István Áldott, Fehinti Balogun, Dora Kápolnai-Schvab, Joelle, Jimmy Walker, Milena Sidorova, János Timkó, Jean Gilpin, Marianne Faithfull, Ellen Dubin, Joelle
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
 Comments
  • freddie_41 - 15 June 2024
    Great visuals but the story felt summarized
    The visuals and photography it's amazing. Breathtaking. However, I need to admit that I felt like the entire story and plot was supposed to be delivered in time. More like a series, but instead the producers and screenwriters make a novel attempt to fit it in a two part movie. There are novels and literature where the wise choice is to make a series intead of a split movie. For moments after I finished the first part I started thinking, based on the amount of characters, the time required to know them, politics, etc; compared to Star Wars; how would have been if Lucas decided to make a two part movie of that universe instead of a saga? Impossible, the first movie has to be an inclusive intro instead of bombing you with lots of info. I did not like this approach. Still will admit, I did not read the novel. Part two let see how it goes.
  • zraikat - 31 May 2024
    The spot for best Dune film adaptation is is still vacant
    The movies leaves Big gaps in the story and assumes viewers have read the book. It does feels more like a summary, and a poor one. What this should have been is a series like GOT where the background and history gets told along the way so that people who didn't read the books eventually get the full picture. On the characters and cast I think there was a stark contrast in terms of quality and depth between the Harkonnen and the the Atreides sides. It felt like there were two different movies when you switched between them. I think they could have done much better than Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya. Their personalities and acting styles did not allow for the full depth of the characters of Paul and Chani to come out. All in all he movie and the different actors just felt glued together. I'm no writer or movie professional but I truly believe that someone needs to come and create a 3-4 film series based on all the books, with the first part filling in gaps in the history prior to the Atreides moving to Arrakis and ending with the Hakonnen attack. Then film 2 will be about Paul's journey to become Muaddib. Film 3 is the liberation of Arrakis. Film 4 covers everything after and ending with the death of Paul.
  • tcmekanik - 10 January 2023
    Pictures as a sleeping pill
    I am very glad that i did not see this movie in the cinema, because there I would not have had the chance to fast forward the first 90 minutes. The movie is incredilby long winded and actually, there's no reason for that.

    Nonetheless, I gotta admit, some scenes were shot beautifully and had a unique style. That part liked very much. But Dune is definitely not my cup of tea when it comes to being liked as a holistic movie experience.

    There are too many things I found pretty much annoying like mentioned before regarding the long winded storytelling, the noisy weird sound and the uninspired acting. I don't understand the hype on this movie at all.

    Sure, it's not your average cinema sci-fi flick but it's certainly not a masterpiece either. And as for the ucomping Part Two; No thanks, I'm not gonna waste another 2.5 hours of my life for such a nonsense.
  • gillmurphydogg - 30 December 2022
    Good film - looking forward to round 2
    As a reader of Frank Herbert's Dune, I thought this was a decent homage to the book. It's a good film, but the pacing was slow. It's true to the book but there are moments where reading a page from the actual book would be more immersive. There were moments where I was left wondering "when are they going to get on with it?"

    The acting and cinematography were spectacular, but what can you expect with a top tier director and all-star cast? The score was amazing, but Hans Zimmer has a track record of formulaic but amazing music that really sets the tone.

    I can't wait to see the 2nd instalment, notably seeing more of the Harkonnen.
  • VikingBurialService - 22 December 2022
    Cool and Faithful, but Slow
    A pretty good modern sci-fi epic. Basically, the first half of the book Dune, by Frank Herbert, in which the young son of a noble lord watches his family and mentors be murdered by a rival house, and flees into the desert. Some elements of this movie are great. The score is one of Hans Zimmer's most original and imaginative - I have the feeling this is going to end up as memorable as Interstellar. The special effects are great - I'm not sure how well all that CGI reliance is going to look in 20 years, but it's about as great as you'd expect for a high-budget studio movie. The dialogue is decent. Sometimes there is a little too much exposition and the sentences start to lose my attention, and sometimes the made-up language of the setting just sounds stupid. However, the switching back-and-forth between different languages and styles of speaking was cool, and made the movie feel real. The biggest drawback for me is the pacing. I know it's an epic, but it still takes forever for every event to happen in this movie. It's 2.5 hours long, but it could easily be 1.5 and no worse. The first 20 minutes is basically all backstory and exposition, and a little more screen economy could have condensed it to 5 minutes. Overall it's a cool sci fi movie with some good ideas (taken from the book), and some good actions scenes, but brought down a bit by clunky dialogue and slow pacing.
  • k-graham-tz - 9 December 2022
    Boring
    Really don't get the hype to be fair. I think there's a difference between slow burn and boring. After a full nights sleep and feeling good this film still put me to sleep. Sure visually the film looked good, but visuals aren't enough. I don't get how it's so successful to be fair. It just felt like one giant build up to the next one. Apparently the book is incredible. It's fat too long aswell. Watched it with all my friends and they all thought the same thing. Maybe even I had a couple of beers I'd have enjoyed it more, but most likely I'd just have fallen asleep even faster. Don't think I'll bother watching the second if it means having to rewatch this.
  • alobal-2 - 19 November 2022
    This is it, this is The Dune, the Art
    This simply is The Dune movie. By the book. That Book. Incredibly close to the reminiscence of the moments you have spent on reading that Book, days and nights. With a few things more tangible. The first - Scenes. Pictures here are true art. Did my fantasy brought Saudarkars as scary as here? Worms, were they so incredibly incredible in my memories? The universe itself, was it so beautifully gloomy ... as in the movie? Maybe, but not in cinema quality :-). The second - music. Well, does his name really need a comment? The third - Paul. I mean - Timothee. Very good choice. The fourth - Zendaya. I knew her from Disney channel and I could not believe how well she actually fit in this movie. Ok, that's not all one can say about this piece of art. Just see it. Great one, hats off, Mr. Villeneuve.
  • proud_luddite - 5 November 2022
    Likely more for those familiar with the material
    Based on the novel by Frank Herbert: in the distant future, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) is of a family of nobility on the planet Caladan. Due to his gifts and training, he is sent to the resourceful but unstable planet Arrakis to aid in restoring order there.

    I would give "Dune" the same praises and the same criticisms as I did for "Mank". The production values for both films were outstanding. Each is a feast for the senses especially the visual senses. The set designs, music, and camerawork in "Dune" succeeded in projecting a bleak underworld. Thankfully, these elements of the film were greatly rewarded.

    But for those of us not familiar with the original material, the two-and-a-half hour stretch seemed long at times. Some scenes seemed connected to earlier scenes while others did not. Or maybe, it all made sense to those more aware of the background story than those who are not. A mixed result overall for this "outsider". - dbamateurcritic.