The first trailer is officially here with surprisingly a great amount of promise. Dune is an adaptation of the classic 1965 Sci-Fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The movie will follow Paul Atreides as he traverses the titular Dune for a substance known only as ‘the spice’. The spice can give its user enhanced physical and mental abilities considered near supernatural. The race to control the mining of the spice begins amongst humans and other lifeforms seeking its power. The film intends to cover the first half of the novel meaning multiple instalments later on, for a potential YA craze akin to something of the Hunger Games or Divergent variety, which definitely shows throughout the trailer.
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This first trailer combines elements of Mad Max, Maze Runner, and Blade Runner which is ironic considering the director, the very talented Denis Velleneuve, was the mind behind the expertly crafted Blade Runner 2049. His experience in the genre speaks for itself as he was also head honcho of The Arrival some years back. It might sound cliche, but Vellenveue’s strength for grounded characters and this tenacity to sparingly show the more otherworldly elements in his past films makes for an amalgam of genre mixing that if handled properly will spell the next big Sci-Fi phenomenon after the fairly lackluster response from the concluding chapter of the latest Star Wars instalment.
In the past, Sci-Fi adaptations have been fairly hit or miss as far as a critical response is concerned with titles such as The Giver, however Dune offers big-name talent both on and off-screen. Together with all-star cast with names like Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, and YA newcomer Timothee Chalamet in the lead role, the film indeed looks promising as it showcases some of the abilities and creature designs fans have been waiting to check out in action. While neither are shown too much, what’s available gives a new age Sci-Fi feel of films like The Martian, Interstellar, and the aforementioned The Arrival. Specifically, the character and vehicle designs look dirty and rugged yet just as much of a spectacle as the planet the assemble must roam promises a jaw-dropping experience for fans and newbies alike.
Dune drops in theaters on December 18, 2020.
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