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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'Dune': A Monumental Cinematic Adaptation of Frank Hebert's Legendary Science Fiction Novel

Movie poster for Dune (2021)

Dune (aka Dune: Part One) (2021) is a monumental science-fiction epic starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, gifted young heir to House Atreides of the Galactic Padishah Empire. Set in the year 10,191, the storyline follows as Paul's father Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) is granted control of desert planet Arrakis, source of the highly-valued psychedelic spice "melange".

With Paul and his concubine Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) at his side, Leto and his ensemble arrive to Arrakis as feudal fiefholders, only to face prompt opposition from House Harkonnen, the vicious outgoing rulers intent on maintaining control of melange. The Harkonnens' furtive assault forces the retreat of Paul and Jessica into the barren desert in search of the indigenous Fremen people for assistance, all the while threatened by colossal sandworms that threaten to engulf any who breach their domain.

Based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel and directed by Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049), Dune is an extraordinary display of megabudget filmmaking at the height of artistry. Villeneuve delivers his vision of Hebert's seminal work with stunning acumen, honed from decades of preparation, while working with cinematographer Greig Fraser (Rogue One) to produce a dazzling spectacle for the audience. It's an exhilarating adventure story imbued with intellect, elegance and piercing sentiment—its partial storyline to be concluded in 2023 with Dune: Part Two.


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