What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DUNE is a 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous science fiction novel of 1965. It is filled with fantasy violence of all types including torture, gore, fighting, weapons, and some generally scary and disturbing imagery (including the quasi-torture of a cat and a rat and a young girl wielding a knife). The underlying theme is about a "chosen one" who never has to make any decisions for himself, and then simply declares war on his enemies. Characters in the movie are after a drug called "Spice," which is shown to be powerful enough for men to go to war over. Young science fiction fans may want to see this (as well as a 5-hour TV miniseries remake from 2000), but the immense novel is compressed to the point that the movie is almost nonsensical, and the visual effects have dated badly. Director David Lynch also tries to put his own personal spin on the material, which will at least make the movie more interesting to Lynch fans.
- Families can talk about the idea of being "the chosen one." What does this mean? Does Paul make any decisions of his own? Does he conquer any fears? Does he use his power wisely?
- Does the "Spice" in the movie look like a good drug to take, or is it scary? What are the side effects?
- How did the violence in the film make you feel? Was it exciting? Was it scary?
- Was there anything in the movie that scared you? Why? Did it have to do with pictures or sounds?