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2 Ratings: 3.0
Television movie directed by John Harrison

It's a mixed blessing, but Frank Herbert's Dunegoes a long way toward satisfying science fiction purists who scoffed at David Lynch's previous attempt to adapt Herbert's epic narrative. Ironically, director John Harrison's 288-minute … see full wiki

Director: John Harrison
1 review about Dune

Better than the Lynch version, but bad special effects

  • Apr 5, 2010
is much better than the David Lynch Dune (Extended Edition). It's much longer and so it can actually develop the plot and characters. It also seems more accurate and faithful to the book (although admittedly I haven't scrutinized it in detail). I thought the acting was overall decent enough for a Sci-Fi Channel show. I actually like Alec Newman's portrayal of Paul. On the other hand, William Hurt as Duke Atreides was horrible - cold and boring. It's not A-list acting, but it gets the job done.

The real disappointment - and the reason I think this film only deserves 3.5 stars - is the special effects. The movie came out in 2003, long after computer generated graphics had advanced enough to create the wonderful creatures in The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Editions) [Blu-ray] and Jurassic Park Adventure Pack (Jurassic Park/ The Lost World: Jurassic Park/ Jurassic Park III). But in Frank Herbert's Dune, so many of the settings and creatures look outright fake. It's actually kind of embarrassing to watch. The deserts look like painted canvases on a soundstage. It's a shame the producers didn't just invest a bit more money into the movie and make Dune adaptation that could last the ages. Instead, there's already talk of yet another film adaptation of Dune in the near future.

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