Frank Herbert was truly ahead of his time when he wrote his novel in 1965 about a future Earth might face. Dune 2021 is the movie which will remind people of the novel along with the 1984 cinematic interpretation of the same.
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With names such as Shaddam IV ( Saddam?) the emperor and Arrackis (Iraq?) the plot is analogous to events that happened in our own timeline. There are other elements to the storyline of this novel turned movie that are eerily prescient.
Plot : Dune 2021
Considering that the Dune 1984 movie was based on the eponymous novel, the Dune 2021 movie will be faithful to its predecessors. Dune is based on Earth in 10000 AD where the most precious substance in the universe is a drug named melange/spice. It is a drug that expands the human mind and consciousness to such an extent, that a person will be able to fold space itself to travel to new locations in the universe.
The melange spice is found in large quantities on a planet named Arrakis or Dune. This is an arid ball of dust with virtually no water, making water the most priced commodity there. The story plays out on the massive dunes of the desert planet, with Leto Atreides, trying to run the mine with his chosen companion and son, Paul - the protagonist.
Cast of Dune 2021
Paying homage to the 1984 adaptation, Dune 2021 seems to retain all major plot elements, but with an exciting new cast. Leto Atreides is played by Oscar Isaac and his son Paul by Timothée Chalamet.
Lady Jessica, Leto's partner is played by Rebecca Ferguson with other amazing names such as Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and more.
Should You Watch it? - Yes!
Going by the 8 minute standing ovation at the Venice film festival for Denis Villeneuve's film, this is a must watch. I mean Denis must have done something right, right? It has a stellar cast, a solid plot and great execution - you are bound to have a whale of a time. The movie is already said to have confirmed a sequel based on the merit of its 2021 adaptation. We might just be looking at the birth of a franchise!
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