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Dune Review

Are you captivated by the amazing cinematic experience of science fiction? If so, the movie Dune might be the perfect movie for you! Dune is a science fiction movie that arrived in theatres on October 22nd, 2021 – based on the six-book saga, Dune was written by Frank Herbert in 1965. Some stars included Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atredis, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Hallek, and Zendaya as Chani.

In the year 10191, Duke Leto, of House Atreides, is assigned by Padishah Emperor, Shaddam Corrino IV to replace House Harkonnen on Arrakis, and travel from their home planet Caladan to the desert planet Arrakis to continue their “Spice” (a powerful dust floating in the air of Arrakis) mining. Arrakis is a harsh and unforgiving planet – full of heat, sand, and spice. Paul, the main character, is troubled with visions of the future and challenged by the Reverend Mother to test his abilities. House Atreides travels to the planet Arrakis, and meets the Fremen – a native tribe of Arrakis. Paul’s exposure to spice-laden air triggers intense foreboding premonitions of future events. After an attempt on Paul’s life by a Harkonnen agent, Leto places his soldiers on high alert. Suk doctor Wellington Yueh disables Arrakeen’s protective shields and allows Harkonnen and Sardaukar troops to overwhelm the Atreides forces. Yueh incapacitates Leto, and says that he made a deal to deliver him to the Baron, in exchange for his captured wife. Later, Yueh replaces one of Leto’s teeth with a poison gas capsule and is killed after delivering the Duke. Leto releases the poison gas, killing members of the Baron’s court and himself, however, the Baron survives. Later, Paul and Jessica are captured by the Harkonen. The Harkonen take them to a desert to eventually slaughter them, but they use the Voice (a strong power that manipulates people into doing the speaker’s bidding) to escape. Meanwhile, Lady Jessica and Paul manage to hide themselves in a small tent, hidden in the sand. Paul and Jessica are found by Duncan and Kynes and head to an old research station, but are quickly tracked down by Sardaukar. Will Paul and Lady Jessica manage to save themselves, and their accomplices? You’ll have to watch the movie and see for yourself!

I thought the movie was an incredible piece of cinema with the actors representing their characters phenomenally. The sound design was incredible because of the way certain senses had low music in the background, setting a tone for the scene’s atmosphere — this could be overlooked if the viewer is not paying attention. The atmosphere presented from CGI and the incredible backgrounds was pleasing to the eye, and an amazing way to represent the space odyssey film. 

The context of the film though was a bit confusing and hard to follow at times. The way it was set up in the beginning was a “self-analytical” expectation for the audience – I felt confused without any background knowledge. The movie jumps around a bit (as opposed to the novel). If anyone watched the trailer for this movie (which featured Zendaya often), Zendaya’s role was misleading as she only had seven minutes of screentime. This is part one of a two-part series, so we just might see more of Zendaya in the next film. As someone not familiar with space odyssey movies, I would recommend this film to any person who appreciates science fiction or enjoys general futurism films!


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