Dune: fear conquered, we shall be free

Patricio Sánchez-Jáuregui-October 14, 2021-Reading time: 2 minutes
Image from the movie Dune.


Address Denis Villeneuve
ScriptJon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
United States and Canada: 2021

Paul Atreides is the heir to a noble house of growing popularity among the aristocracy of the known galaxy, which is under the rule of the Emperor. His life is about to change drastically when his father, Duke Leto, receives the imperial order to take over the richest planet in the galaxy: Arrakis, also called Dune. This gift hides the fate of the house of Atreides, of Paul, and of the entire galaxy. 

Dune, based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, and the beginning of a major saga, is considered the most popular piece of science fiction literature in history. A hodgepodge of medieval Japanese and Arabic history, the religions of the book (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and psychology, sociology and economics. We are faced with the adaptation of a Space-Opera that redefined the genre, and tells one of the most inspiring forges of the hero of all time. 

Long awaited, and considered a cursed film project, Warner Bros y Legendary Entertainment entrusted this project to Denis Villeneuve, one of today's most inspiring and stimulating directors, whose filmography is full of little gems (Prisoners, Sicario, The Arrival) and not lacking in major projects such as the sequel of Blade Runner. Villeneuve is an author of cinema with capital letters, whose works are full of meaning, depth and beauty. 

This adaptation is backed by a stellar cast led by young up-and-comers Timothée Chalamet (Little Women), and Zendaya (The Great Showman), sponsored by Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), among others. The photography was done by Greig Fraser (Rogue One) and the soundtrack has been composed by Hans Zimmer, who, moved by his enthusiasm for the book, decided to refuse to work with Nolan on the book. Tenet in order to create the music for this film. 

Dune is an evocative, carefully crafted film of epic proportions. The first installment of a duology that does a magnificent job in portraying the entire universe of the book, being an equally attractive spectacle for those unfamiliar with the saga. 

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