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Kierre's Review of Dune 2021 ★★★

Watched Nov 13, 2021

Dune is latest big budget blockbuster Sci-fi film now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. The film set like 8000 years in the future where the galaxy is basically controlled by a substance called "Spice" which can only be found on one planet that is under rule by two different Colonies. There are also people who live on this planet who are being colonized by both groups. The film has a enormous budget and many big name stars including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Dave Bautista.

I will start off by saying I went into this film with a blank slate. I didn't read any of the books, nor did I see the 1980's movies or the Television show. The film starts off a bit slow and is a little confusing to figure out what is going on at times. There are also many characters and many names to learn. There are also about 10 dreams/foreshadowing of a person who we don't even meet until about 20 minutes until the film is over.

I will admit that I'm not the biggest Sci-fi fan in the world but this film, while decent, felt like just a set up for sequels to come in my opinion. It is very long and nothing really happens until about an hour and a half into the film. It also reminded me of many other films set in the future including "Star Wars", and even some films directed by Denis Villeneuve (who also directed Dune) which includes "Arrival" and "Blade Runner 2049". The film does look cool and there is enough action in the 2nd half to keep you entertained. If you enjoy Sci-fi films then you might like this more that I did. I will however check out the sequel.

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