2hrs 38mins

Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel has been infamously difficult to bring to screen, after David Lynch’s uneven 1984 adaptation and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed ambitions for what could be titled ‘the most exciting film never made’ (see the documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, 2014), comes Denis Villneuve’s highly anticipated Dune.

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Denis Villeneuve

Having before directed the cerebral alien invasion and time travel puzzle, Arrival (2016) and brought an assured and innovative eye to Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Villneuve seems perfectly poised to translate Herbert’s challenging source material with the cinematic power it so richly deserves.

The first of a planned two-part adaptation, the film boasts an incredible ensemble cast (from Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgård to Oscar Issac and Javier Bardem) with Timothée Chalomet (Call Me by Your Name, 2017) at its centre.

Set in the distant future on the perilous and unforgiving landscape of the desert planet Arrakis, the mining of a drug that can induce superhuman powers and is only found in the dunes of Arrakis, is taken over by Duke Leto Atreides in a complex and dangerous operation. Enduring betrayals, iconic giant sandworms and conflict with natives in the heart of Arrakis, Dune is cinema on an astronomical scale.


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