|Posted on July 28, 2010 at 1:56 AM|
You are about to enter a world where the unexpected, the unknown, and the unbelievable meet.
Directed by David Lynch
Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Virginia Madsen
Release Date 1984
Whats it about?
In the distant future, a man appears who may be the prophet that a long-suffering galaxy has been waiting for. Thats what IMDB says, but the story, the universe of this film is much more then a sentence.
Dune the book is one of those classic science fiction novels that is a must read for any scifi fan, or even a reader who enjoys a rich world, interesting character, and a wel tied together and deep story. The movie however misses everything the book did well on every level, and its a shame. In the distant future the universe is ran by families (like Medievil times) who all plot and scheme to be the biggest kid on the block (er star system). All of which are tied together by a great race of aliens who control space by being the only beings cable of space travel...so naturally the super space beings want to keep their power at any cost. Which leads us to the Atreides clan, a honorable proud family who is on the verge of training the best soldiers the universe has ever seen, and suddenly get the "honor" or controlling the planet Dune (which is the only source of The Spice which is what controls the universe. In this plot is the house of Harkoneen who are evil assholes that the Guild (super space beings) puts in a place to destroy the house of Atreides before they can become the super power that they are destined to be.
Thats the plot in a nutshell, there is so much more. But lets get onto why the film sucks even though the source material is fucking great. Its cluttered. Its so badly cluttered that they miss things that should be in, make changes that are fucking stupid, have a script that is cheesely acting to hell, and is just boring as fuck. The book is not an easy read by far but the movie, while it follows the same general plot of the book, fails to get you into it and just makes it a drag to watch. What the film does well however is making the House of Harkoneen big assholes that you love to hate. As well as making the final conclussion to our heroes all the more satisfying. Its just a shame they couldnt mix these 2 factors into a better overall film. In fact, the director, David Lynch was so displeased by the films turnout that he took his name off the credits.
Some fighting and war but overall tame.
Great source material ruined by a sloppy script, cheesy acting, wasted actors, bad special FX, and terrible pacing.
Categories: SciFi Films