- 2 hr 17 min
In the year 10191, humanity has reached the stars and the entire universe is divided into different intergalactic factions. The most valuable commodity in the universe is the spice Melange, which is only found on one planet - Arrakis, also known as Dune. "Dune" is a 1984 sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel of the same name. The story follows the journey of Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), the son of a noble Duke of House Atreides, who is sent to rule over the barren desert planet of Arrakis, where the spice is found. Arrakis is a harsh planet, inhabited by giant sandworms and the Fremen, a nomadic people. The previous ruler of Arrakis, Baron Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan), views House Atreides as a threat to his own power and colludes with the emperor to overthrow them. The Atreides family is betrayed and ambushed, leaving Paul and his mother Lady Jessica (Francesca Annis) to fend for themselves in the unforgiving desert. Paul and Lady Jessica are rescued by the Fremen, who believe that Paul is a prophesied messiah known as the Kwisatz Haderach, who is destined to lead them to freedom and rule over the universe. Paul must learn to understand the harsh environment of Dune and the ways of the Fremen, while also fighting to reclaim his family's honor and stop the Harkonnen from exploiting the planet's resources. The film also features a romantic subplot between Paul and Princess Irulan (Virginia Madsen), the daughter of the emperor who has been promised to Paul in an arranged marriage. Their relationship adds an additional layer of tension to the story, as they struggle to reconcile their loyalty to their families with their growing feelings for each other. "Dune" is a complex and visually stunning film, featuring elaborate sets and special effects that bring the world of Arrakis to life. The film's themes of political intrigue, religious fanaticism, and environmentalism are as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published. One of the standout performances in the film comes from MacLachlan, who perfectly captures the journey of a young man thrust into a world of danger and betrayal. His chemistry with Madsen is also palpable, adding an emotional depth to the film. Overall, "Dune" is a must-see for sci-fi fans and anyone interested in political and social commentary in film. Although the film may not have been a commercial success at the time of its release, it has since become a cult classic and a beloved part of the sci-fi canon.