(2021) (Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A young man travels to a distant, barren, and hostile planet with his family only to learn he might be destined to lead the native inhabitants there.
In the year 10191, the Emperor has declared that the House Harkonnen should cease occupation of the barren and hostile planet Dune and the mining of its precious mineral "spice" (that allows for, among other things, interstellar travel), something that doesn't sit well with Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (STELLAN SKARSGÅRD) and his warrior enforcer, Beast Rabban Harkonnen (DAVE BAUTISTA). Instead, stewardship of the planet and that mineral will now go to the House Atreides, with Duke Leto Atreides (OSCAR ISAAC) taking command.
With his scouting expedition -- led by Duncan Idaho (JASON MOMOA) -- giving the all-clear, Duke Leto travels there with his longtime lover, Lady Jessica (REBECCA FERGUSON), and their young adult son, Paul (TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET). Like his mother, he possesses supernatural powers, something that hasn't escaped the attention of Lady Jessica's leader, Reverend Mother Mohiam (CHARLOTTE RAMPLING).
When Paul passes her severe test, he's allowed to travel there alongside his weapons trainer, Gurney Halleck (JOSH BROLIN), and the family physician, Dr. Wellington Yueh (CHANG CHEN). But the young man isn't entirely unfamiliar with the planet, what with having dreams and visions of the planet and its native inhabitants, the Fremen, and one beguiling one in particular, Chani (ZENDAYA).
Once there, they meet the likes of Fremen leader Stilgar (JAVIER BARDEM) and imperial ecologist Dr. Liet Kynes (SHARON DUNCAN-BREWSTER) and are warned about the planet's dangers ranging from the severe heat to enormous sandworms that hunt by surface vibration and can swallow most everything and anyone. But the real threat comes from elsewhere, and soon Paul must not only contend with that but also inklings that he might be destined for something greater on that planet.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older ones might, especially if they're fans of the original book or anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.
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