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David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits collection of the book for Herbert fans. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over
Dec 14, 1984 Wide
Mar 16, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video
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The Baron's Doctor
Piter De Vries
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Duke Leto Atreides
Paul L. Smith
The Beast Rabban
Dr. Wellington Yueh
Max von Sydow
Daniel Bryan Corkill
Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it.
Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.
Critics at the time labeled it "confusing"; I don't see how, considering that you hear what everyone is thinking, all the time, and they repeat their key thoughts constantly so that their actual acting never has to do the job of telling the story.
There's not a shred of humor in it, and it's a bleak look at humanity's future. But I was swept into the fantastic world.
What we get, at best, are enthralling shots. At worst, most scenes seem out of a stilted chamber-drama, with backstory-burdened dialogue and stiff lines. A soporific languor often takes hold. Certain moments just come off as kitschy.
Misconceived, incomprehensible, and only decently executed, Dune is arguably Lynch's weakest film in an otherwise brilliant output.
It's not for everyone, but if you don't mind the brain-bending confusion of the plot and occasional feeling of '80s high camp, this isn't as bad as its detractors would have it.
Visually delightful but choppy, confusing, and overloaded with exposition.
Anyone looking for a satisfying and coherent science fiction epic will have to look elsewhere.
Now, in a far less Star Wars saturated landscape, Dune can be viewed as what it is: a brilliant mistake, misguided from the start but still aesthetically satisfying.
If you think David Lynch is the Kwisatz Haderach, baby, have I got a movie for you.
- Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: I want to spit, once, on your head.
- Duke Leto Atreides: The sleeper must awaken.
- Lady Jessica: A million deaths is not enough for Yueh.
- Stilgar: Usually, we have wormsigns the likes of which even God have never seen.
- Paul Atreides: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
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