Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dune (1984)

Universal Pictures
Directed by David Lynch
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Universal)

Set on a distant planet in the far future, two warring families vie for control of the planet's spice, the most valuable substance in the universe. It is apparently the byproduct of the giant sand worms which show up whenever they hear sounds on the surface and swallow up the source. A duke's son is predestined to become the messianic leader of the natives which he fulfills by taming a giant worm and becoming addicted to the spice. He leads them in a revolt against the invading factions seeking to exploit the spice. David Lynch's first studio film is an adaptation of the massive Frank Herbert space opera. It's a decidedly mixed affair. Some of the characters and effects are unintentionally hilarious, Lynch's penchant for weirdness just does not sit well in this serious sci fi setting. Other times, however, it all comes together. The longer cut supposedly fleshes out some of the characters, but I have yet to view it. 

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