Based on Frank Herbert's epic novel, DUNE is visually delightful but choppy, confusing, and overloaded with exposition. Moreover, most of the thematic material that made the novel work--subtexts involving incestuous desire, capitalism vs. environmentalism, and Middle East politics--is
simply missing. The story takes place in the year 10991 on four planets: Giedi Prime, the home of the evil Harkonnens; Kaitain, the home of the malevolent emperor of the universe (Jose Ferrer); Caladan, home of the anointed savior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan); and Arrakis, the desert planet
best known as Dune. It turns out that Dune is the only planet in the universe that produces ...