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Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Epic sci-fi adventure directed by Denis Villeneuve. Dune (2021) follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential, only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Our Favorite Quotes:'A great man doesn't seek to lead. He's called to it. And he answers.' - Duke Leto Atreides (Dune) Click To Tweet
Alien: [subtitled] Dreams are messages from the deep.
Chani: My planet, Arrakis, is so beautiful when the sun is low. Rolling over the sands, you can see spice in the air. At nightfall, the spice harvesters land. The outsiders race against time to avoid the heat of the day. They ravage our lands in front of our eyes. Their cruelty to my people is all I’ve known.
Chani: Our warriors couldn’t free Arrakis from the Harkonnens, but one day, by imperial decree, they were gone. Why did the Emperor choose this path? And who will our next oppressors be?
Film Book Voice: Fremen attacks make spice harvesting extremely hazardous. For the Fremen, spice is the sacred hallucinogen which preserves life and brings enormous health benefits. For the Imperium, spice is used by the navigators of the Spacing Guild to find safe paths between the stars. Without spice interstellar travel is impossible, making it by far the most valuable substance in the universe.
Duke Leto Atreides: Smile, Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: I am smiling.
Herald of the Change: The Emperor has spoken. “House Atreides shall immediately take control of Arrakis and serve as its steward.” Do you accept?
Duke Leto Atreides: We are House Atreides. There is no call we do not answer. There is no faith that we betray. The Emperor asks us to bring peace to Arrakis. House Atreides accepts!
Paul Atreides: So you’re going to Arrakis tomorrow, with the advance team?
Duncan Idaho: Yes, I’m going to Arrakis tomorrow with the advance team.
Paul Atreides: I’d like you to take me with you.
Duncan Idaho: You would? That’s too bad, because no.
Paul Atreides: Duncan.
Duncan Idaho: Are you trying to get me court-martialed?
Paul Atreides: Can I trust you with something?
Duncan Idaho: Always. You know that.
Paul Atreides: I’ve been having dreams. About Arrakis and the Fremen.
Duncan Idaho: Okay. So?
Paul Atreides: I saw you. With the Fremen.
Duncan Idaho: So I do find them? There you go. That’s a good omen right there, right?
'Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings obliteration. I will face my fear, and I will permit it to pass over me and through me.' - Lady Jessica Atreides (Dune) Click To Tweet
Paul Atreides: [describing his dream] I saw you lying dead. Fallen in battle. I felt like if I had been there, you’d be alive.
Duncan Idaho: First off, I’m not going to die.
Paul Atreides: You’re not taking me seriously.
Duncan Idaho: That’s why you want to come with me? Listen, dreams make good stories. But everything important happens when we’re awake, because that’s where we make things happen.
Duncan Idaho: Look at you. Put on some muscle?
Paul Atreides: I did?
Duncan Idaho: No.
Duke Leto Atreides: You’re the future of House Atreides.
Paul Atreides: And grandfather fought bulls for sport!
Duke Leto Atreides: Yes. Look where that got him. I need you by my side. When we get to Arrakis, we’ll face enormous danger.
Paul Atreides: What danger? The Fremen? The desert?
Duke Leto Atreides: Political danger.
Paul Atreides: What if I’m not, dad?
Duke Leto Atreides: Not what?
Paul Atreides: The future of the House Atreides.
Duke Leto Atreides: [to Paul] Your grandfather said, “A great man doesn’t seek to lead. He’s called to it. And he answers.” And if your answer is no, you’ll still be the only thing I ever needed you to be, my son. I found my own way to it. Maybe you’ll find yours.
'Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.' - Lady Jessica Atreides (Dune) Click To Tweet
Gurney Halleck: [as he’s teaching Paul how to fight] The slow blade penetrates the shield.
Paul Atreides: I guess I’m not in the mood today.
Gurney Halleck: Mood? What’s mood got to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises, no matter the mood. Now, fight!
Paul Atreides: I have you.
Gurney Halleck: Aye. But look down, My Lord. You’d have joined me in death. I see you found the mood.
Gurney Halleck: [to Paul] You don’t get it, do you? You don’t really understand the grave nature of what’s happening to us. For eighty years Arrakis belonged to House Harkonnen. Eighty years of owning the spice fields. Can you imagine the wealth? In your eyes. I need to see it in your eyes. You never met Harkonners before. I have. They’re not human. They’re brutal! You have to be ready.
Beast Rabban Harkonnen: Uncle, how did we let this happen? How can the Emperor take everything we’ve built and give it to that Duke?! How?
Piter de Vries: Don’t be too sure it’s an act of love.
Beast Rabban Harkonnen: What does he mean?
'Dreams make good stories. But everything important happens when we're awake, because that's where we make things happen.' - Duncan Idaho (Dune) Click To Tweet
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: When is a gift not a gift? The Atreides Voice is rising, and the Emperor is a jealous man. A dangerous, jealous man.
Reverend Mother Mohiam: [referring to Paul] Defiance in the eyes, like his father.
Reverend Mother Mohiam: I hold at your neck the Gom Jabbar, a poison needle, instant death. The test is simple. Remove your hand from the box, and you die.
Paul Atreides: What’s in the box?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: Pain.
Paul Atreides: Why are you doing this?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: An animal caught in a trap will gnaw off its own leg to escape. What will you do?
Lady Jessica Atreides: I must not fear. I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings obliteration. I will face my fear, and I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
'You fight when the necessity arises, no matter the mood.' - Gurney Halleck (Dune) Click To Tweet
Reverend Mother Mohiam: Like sifting sand through a screen, we sift people. If you had been unable to control your impulses like an animal, we could not let you live. You inherit too much power.
Paul Atreides: Because I’m a Duke’s son?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: Because you are Jessica’s son. You have more than one birthright, boy.
Reverend Mother Mohiam: What did you see?
Paul Atreides: A girl, on Arrakis.
Reverend Mother Mohiam: Have you dreamt of her before?
Paul Atreides: Many times.
Reverend Mother Mohiam: Do you often dream things that happen just as you dreamt them?
Paul Atreides: Not exactly.
Lady Jessica Atreides: Did you have to go that far?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: You chose to train him in the Way in defiance of our rule. He wields our power. He had to be tested, to the limits. So much potential wasted in a male. You were told to bear only daughters, but you and your pride thought you could produce the Kwisatz Haderach.
Lady Jessica Atreides: Was I wrong?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: [referring to Paul] You’re lucky he didn’t die in that room. If he is The One, he has a long way to go. His sight is barely awakened, and now he goes into the fire. But our plans are measured in centuries. We have other prospects if he fails his promise.
Lady Jessica Atreides: Do you see so little hope?
Reverend Mother Mohiam: On Arrakis, we have done all we can for you. The path has been laid. Let’s hope he doesn’t squander it.
'The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve. But a reality to experience.' - Jamis (Dune) Click To Tweet
Lady Jessica Atreides: For thousands of years, we’ve been carefully crossing bloodlines to bring forth…
Paul Atreides: The One?
Lady Jessica Atreides: A mind, powerful enough to breach space and time, past and future, who can help us into a better future. We think he is very close now. Some believe he is here.
Paul Atreides: All part of the plan.
Paul Atreides: What were they shouting?
Lady Jessica Atreides: Lisan al-Gaib. “The Voice from the Outer World.” It’s their name for “messiah”. It means that Bene Gesserit have been at work here.
Paul Atreides: Planting superstitions?
Lady Jessica Atreides: Preparing the way, Paul. These people have waited for centuries for the Lisan al-Gaib. They see you, they see the signs.
Paul Atreides: They see what they’ve been told to see.