Dune 2: A stunningly twisted sequel to Denis Villeneuve's science fiction film

Timothee Chalamet returns as Paul Atreides, an interstellar aristocrat whose family was massacred by the evil Harkonnens: Stellan Skarsgård is a Marlonbrandian Baron, and Dave Bautista is a ferocious right-hand man who kills so many of his own henchmen that Darth Vader looks like Santa next to him.

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An incredible percentage of the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's epic sci-fi film Dune 2 is devoted to giant worms that race through the desert at breakneck speed.

They do it so often, in so many key scenes, that you end up wondering how it's even possible.

What exactly drives those giant, legless, eyeless monsters?

They don't squirm like snakes, and worms aren't usually known for their speed - so how do creatures as big as bullet trains manage to move as fast as bullet trains?

The answer is that you just have to shrug your shoulders and let it all go.

The same goes for almost everything else in Dune 2.

After about an hour, it becomes clear that the filmmakers have given up on logic and clarity, but as soon as you accept that not much is going to make sense, you can stop worrying and enjoy one of the more oddly twisted psychedelic "arthouse" films to ever come out of the big screen. study.

Based on the second installment of Dune, Frank Herbert's influential 1965 work, the film picks up where the previous one ended in the year 2021: in the desert.

Timothée Chalamet returns as Paul Atreides, an interstellar aristocrat whose family was massacred by the evil Harkonnens: Stellan Skarsgård is a Marlon Brandian Baron, and Dave Bautista is a ferocious right-hand man who kills so many of his own henchmen that Darth Vader looks like Santa next to him.

Paul and his mother (Rebecca Ferguson) are now holed up with the Fremen, an indigenous tribe from the planet Arakis, their hearty leader (Javier Bardem, bringing some much-needed down-to-earth cheer) and young warrior Chani (Zendaya, always scowling).

There is a good chance that the Fremen will help Pol fight back against the Harkonnens, but first he must gain their trust.

And that, as you might have guessed, involves learning to ride on the back of a giant worm, like an illegal train surfer.

One strange aspect of Dune 2 is that Paul's trip to the desert is the main plot of the film, although it contains enough subplots to make up for it.

There are confusing conversations about the blue "water of life" that appears to be a toilet cleaner, mystical visions and dream sequences, but also political and religious debates about whether Paul is actually the Messiah as promised in ancient Fremen prophecies.

Meanwhile, on another planet, Christopher Walken and Florence Pugh have several conversations as the galactic emperor and his daughter, with Leo Seydu as their graceful companion.

On the third planet (I think), Austin Butler emerges as a new villain from the Harkonnen lineage.

Day 2

  • Director: Denis Villeneuve;
  • Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh
  • Duration: 2 hours and 46 minutes

There's certainly a lot going on in Dune 2, but Paul himself doesn't do much besides hang out with the Fremen, so viewers quickly understand why Luke Skywalker left Tatooine in the first hour of Star Wars: it turns out there's a limit to how long you can stare at the sand.

In a cast packed with an absurd number of contemporary cinema's best actors, it's Butler who outshines everyone else as a vampiric sadist with a touch of the casual rock 'n' roll sexiness immortalized in Elvis - and in several ways, he's more of a protagonist than Paul himself.

Unfortunately, no one else manages to impress.

Rather, they all make an impression, visually, because they're beautiful and their costumes are crassly ornate—in the future, it seems, everyone's going to dress like Janelle Monae at the Met Gala—but no one in Dune 2 is a recognizable or well-rounded individual.

Villeneuve and his co-writer John Spates simply don't give any of the characters enough interesting lines or actions, despite having 166 minutes of film at their disposal.

The heart and soul of the film is supposed to be the love story between Paul and Chani, but it's so underdeveloped that it's impossible to care if they live happily ever after or not.

And who knows if they will live happily ever after?

Dune 2 leads right up to the end of Herbert's first Dune novel, but a number of plot twists remain unfinished, hopefully wrapped up in Dune 3.

You might have expected a big-budget space opera to thrill and move you, but in that sense Vilne's lavish, pretentious colorful lie must be considered a failure.

But if you want to feel awe, that's something else entirely.

Proudly dark and ominous, the film has so many grandiose themes and such a powerful spooky atmosphere that it more than justifies the price of a cinema ticket.

The alien rituals and language are so detailed, and the otherworldly design so elaborate, that at times it really feels like you're looking at the product of some distant civilization.

Some viewers will start to climb the wall and run out of the cinema in agony, while others will be stunned.

Everyone will agree that the film is light years away from the average Hollywood blockbuster.

In the 1970s, the visionary Alejandro Jodorovski planned to make his own film version of Dune, and one of the people he hired was HR Giger, the Swiss artist who would later design Tuđina.

Their project failed, but parts of Dune 2 look as monumental, lavishly bizarre and downright disturbing as anything Jodorowsky and Giger could come up with.


★★★ ☆☆

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