Dune (2021 film)

“Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his people

Dune

 

In the far future, Duke Leto of House Atreides, ruler of the ocean planet Caladan, is assigned by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV to replace House Harkonnen as fief rulers of Arrakis, a harsh desert planet and the only source of "spice", a valuable substance that grants its users heightened vitality and cognition. It is critical for faster-than-light interstellar travel, as it grants Spacing Guild Navigators the limited prescience for safely navigating interstellar space. Shaddam intends to have House Harkonnen secretly retake the planet with aid of the Emperor's Sardaukar troops, eradicating House Atreides, whose influence threatens his control. Leto is reluctant, but sees the advantages of controlling Arrakis and forming an alliance with its native population, skilled fighters known as the Fremen.

 

Leto's concubine Lady Jessica is an acolyte of the Bene Gesserit, an exclusive sisterhood whose members possess advanced physical and mental abilities. As part of their centuries-long breeding program, they instructed her to bear a daughter whose son would become a Bene Gesserit called the Kwisatz Haderach, a messianic superbeing with the clairvoyance necessary to guide humanity to a better future; instead, she bore a son, Paul. Throughout his life, Paul is trained by Leto's aides, Duncan Idaho, Gurney Halleck, Suk doctor Wellington Yueh and the Mentat Thufir Hawat, while she trains him in Bene Gesserit disciplines. Paul confides in Jessica and Duncan that he is troubled by visions of the future. In response, the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam visits Caladan and subjects him to a test to assess his impulse control, which he passes. Mohiam instructs Baron Vladimir Harkonnen to spare them during his coup, to which he duplicitously agrees.

 

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House Atreides arrives at Arrakeen, the fortress stronghold on Arrakis, where Duncan and an advance party learned about the planet and Fremen. The Fremen revere Paul and Jessica, which Jessica explains is due to the Bene Gesserit sowing beliefs on the planet in preparation for their arrival. Leto negotiates with the Fremen's chieftain, Stilgar, and meets planetologist and imperial judge, Dr. Liet-Kynes. Kynes informs Leto, Paul, and Halleck the dangers of spice harvesting, including giant sandworms which travel under the desert. During a flight, they spot a sandworm approaching an active spice harvester with a stranded crew. They rescue the workers before they are swallowed. However, Paul's exposure to the spice triggers intense premonitions.

 

After a failed attempt to assassinate Paul, Leto places his soldiers on high alert. Yueh disables Arrakeen's shields and allows Harkonnen and Sardaukar troops to invade Arrakeen. He incapacitates Leto and tells him he made a deal to deliver him to the Baron in exchange for freeing his captive wife. Yueh replaces one of Leto's teeth with a poison gas capsule and is killed after delivering Leto. Leto releases the poison gas, killing everyone inside, except the Baron. Duncan manages to escape on an ornithopter. Harkonnens capture Paul and Jessica, though they kill the captors using "the Voice". Stranded in the desert, they find a survival kit left for them by Yueh. They spend the night in a tent, where Paul experiences visions of a "holy war" spreading across the universe, in his name.

 

The Baron hands over command of Arrakis to his nephew, Rabban, and orders him to restart spice production to recover the losses. Paul and Jessica are found by Duncan and Kynes. They head to an old research station, but are found by Sardaukar. Paul discloses his plans to make a play for the Golden Lion Throne by marrying one of Shaddam's daughters as an alternative to the chaos that would ensue from news of the Harkonnen and Sardaukar onslaught. Duncan and various Fremen sacrifice themselves to allow them to escape. Kynes separates and is ambushed by Sardaukar troops, so she lures a sandworm that devours them all. Paul and Jessica reach the deep desert and meet the Fremen, among them Stilgar and Chani, the girl in Paul's visions. Fremen warrior Jamis protests their admission and is killed by Paul in a ritual duel to the death. Against Jessica's wishes, Paul insists on joining the Fremen to fulfill his father's goal of bringing peace to Arrakis.  

 

Directors          Denis Villeneuve

Starring           Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac

Genres            Drama, Action, Adventure

Release           2021


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