Far in the future there is a war underway for control of the desert planet Dune, the only place known where the substance Spice, used for time-travel, can be found. With deception and deceit running rampant, a superior being who can end the war is quietly coming of age.
Kyle MacLachlan (Paul), Jurgen Prochnow (Duke Leto), Sting (Feyd), Patrick Stewart (Gurney), Francesca Annis (Jessica), Leonardo Cimino (Baron’s Doctor), Brad Dourif (Piter), Jose Ferrer (Padishah Emperor), Linda Hunt (Shadout Mapes), Freddie Jones (Thufir), Richard Jordan (Duncan), Virginia Madsen (Princess Irulan), Everett McGill (Stilgar), Jack Nance (nefud), Dean Stockwell (Doctor Yueh), Max von Sydow (Doctor Kynes).
Dune begins with some fairly extensive background while simultaneously creating plot setup. As the story gets moving, character introductions continue throughout the film as the plot becomes even more complex. With an extensive list of characters there is never a lack of protagonists or antagonists and the story maintains interest well. This is not a typical action packed sci-fi. There is some good costuming and the sci-fi aspect is very strong but this film approaches things from a more intellectual aspect.
MacLachlan did a good job despite feeling somewhat stoic throughout the film. Prochnow delivered nicely and Sting did surprisingly well with his twisted and warped character. Stewart did nicely exhibiting as did the remainder of the well known supporting cast.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very interesting with a dark, almost industrial feel in many scenes. Effects were a mix with some being fairly well done while others look almost campy and are not aging well at all. Dialogue included good depth and emotion throughout the film. Sound was good and the soundtrack by Toto was very enjoyable.
Overall Dune is a somewhat unique sci-fi that is somehow strangely captivating and brings viewers back over time. Fans of the book or series may find the film disappointing while those unfamiliar with Dune already may enjoy the film quite a lot.
With violence, mild creature content, and possibly disturbing images Dune should be fine for teens and above.
Dune is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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