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.
The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.
Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.
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.
This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.
| Original Score: 1/4
Several of the characters in Dune are psychic, which puts them in the unique position of being able to understand what goes on in the movie.
| Original Score: 1/5