time is 10191 and on the desert planet Arrakis (Dune) the
houses of Atreides has fallen after being at war with the
Harkonnen empire. The victor claims the planet and its most
valued resource - Spice Melange which allow its owner to fold
space and travel to anywhere in the galaxy. A messiah has
also arisen who will lead the indigenous inhabitants of Dune
(the Fremen) into a holy war against the evil Harkonnen empire...
that's the difficult part over - the synopses. If you have
read the original novel then you will know what I mean! The
late Frank Herbert's vision is unfilmable, or so I thought.
The original mini-series was painful to watch. Starring
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek's Captain Picard) and Sting
- that is all anyone ever remembers about it. The plot was
unfathomable and it was regarded as generally not very good!
comes Fox with a rework of the novel and hats off to them
they have done the story proud. This stays faithful to the
plot of the original (well, as close as you can for a filmed
version). Stylistically the series is inspired - plenty of
primary coloured eye candy to keep everyone's attention on
how awesome the sets are - you see, desert planets don't have
to be dull!
You have to concentrate to keep up with what is going on.
But there is never a dull moment and it is almost Shakespearean
in its staging.
well as the mini-series Fox throw a trailer, two feature length
documentaries and a stills gallery with more than 300 images
from the series.
can't be a Frank Herbert fan left who hasn't heard the author's
famous quote: "A lot of people have tried to film Dune.
They all failed." Well Frank! I think Fox have managed
to get as close to your vision as is possible!
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