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DUNE: PART TWO

"Dramatic, but Complex, Tale of Power, Love and Justice"

What You Need To Know:

DUNE:  PART TWO tells the second half of science fiction writer Frank Herbert’s epic tale of political power, love and desert heroism. After his father was murdered by the evil Baron Harkonnen’s men, Paul and his mother learn the ways of the Fremen the indigenous people on the desert planet of Arrakis. Paul falls in love with a young Fremen women, Chani. Paul helps the Fremen fight for freedom against the Baron. However, he sees a terrible future of a galactic holy war, but can he prevent it while seeking justice for his father?

DUNE:  PART TWO is visually stunning. This doesn’t take away from the movie’s epic, dramatic storytelling. In one sense, PART TWO is a love story between Paul and Chani, set against the backdrop of a struggle for freedom. However, DUNE:  PART TWO is also a story about good and evil, political power, religion, justice, revenge, and the consequences of wielding power on a worldwide, galactic scale. That said, the movie has some politically correct, direct attacks on religious “fundamentalism” that can be used to attack all religion, but especially Christians and Muslims.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, patriotic worldview overall with some allegorical Christian, redemptive elements, has some disparate positive values such as promoting freedom from tyranny and oppression, national independence, true love, justice, there is a good family and a bad family, there are two or three mentions of God, people are shown silently praying, there’s talk about worshipping a male messianic figure, but the man is clearly only a human person, and the movie sends a strong but intellectualized warning against blindly following messianic political leaders despite whatever good intentions they may have, marred by brief politically correct attacks on religious “fundamentalism,” which could be applied to Christians and Muslims but also to Hindus, Buddhists, etc., especially those who try to apply their beliefs to political issues, and, in this context, there’s reference at the end to a new “holy war” as a result of the movie’s resolution of the conflicts in the plot (of course, some atheists and secularists can also be accused of being “fundamentalists” and starting “holy wars,” so the movie seems to have a humanist, anti-supernatural bias here);

Foul Language:
Two “s” words, two “h” words, and one possible mumbled “f” word during a battle scene;

Violence:
Lots of strong intense action violence includes explosions, soldiers stabbing and killing people with knives and guns and laser rifles, an intense knife fight, a gladiatorial battle between one man and three assailants, villain licks the blood off his knife in one or two scenes, people ride giant sandworms while holding reins (including into battle), helicopters fire at people on the ground with machine guns or laser pellets of some kind, men hear people screaming on other side of a door and discover two dead bodies on the ground next to their obese leader, a climactic battle occurs;

Sex:
Implied fornication between unmarried couple who wake up together, and man makes a political marriage at the expense of his true love;

Nudity:
Brief upper male nudity;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No tobacco smoking or depicted drugs, but a natural resource in the story extends people’s mental abilities and drinking a special liquid version of it, which is called “the water of life,” transforms the mental abilities of a woman and her son, but the drink is not used to “get high”; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Revenge, betrayal and political plotting are part of the plot.

More Detail:

DUNE: PART TWO tells the second half of science fiction writer Frank Herbert’s epic tale of political power, love and desert heroism, where Paul Atreides learns the ways of the Fremen the indigenous people on the desert planet of Arrakis and leads them in an epic struggle against the evil family that murdered Paul’s father and now controls the planet’s main natural resource, which extends human life and people’s mental abilities and makes space travel possible. DUNE: PART TWO is a truly epic, visually stunning cinematic classic, which tells a dynamic story about love, freedom, good and evil, political power, religion, revenge, and the consequences of wielding power and waging war on a worldwide and galactic stage, but the movie has some politically correct, direct attacks on religious “fundamentalism” that can be used to attack all religion, but especially Christians and Muslims.

The movie opens with Paul and his mother, Jessica, hiding among the indigenous people on the desert planet of Arrakis. The indigenous people, known as the Fremen, wear suits that collect and purify all the water exiting from their bodies. They’ve also learned how to walk among the desert sands in a haphazard way to avoid attracting the attention of one of the planet’s giant sandworms. The worms have a mysterious connection to the planet’s creation of its major natural resource, spice, which not only can extend people’s lives but also can extend their mental abilities. Spice is also essential to space travel, because it gives pilots and navigators a multidimensional awareness and foresight that’s essential to piloting spaceship.

In PART ONE, Paul’s father, Duke Leto, was murdered by the family of Baron Harkonnen, on secret orders from the Galactic Emperor. The Emperor wanted to draw the Duke and his warriors away from their home planet’s power structure. However, Paul and his mother, Jessica, escaped into the desert, where they met a Fremen tribe and their leader, a man named Stilgar. Paul’s mother is still plotting how to protect her son and place him into a position of galactic power, but Paul has fallen in love with a Fremen woman named Chani.

With Stilgar’s help, Paul helps lead a guerrilla campaign against the Harkonnen family and its collection of spice. Stilgar begins to believe Paul is the predicted messiah that will lead the Fremen people to freedom and control of Arrakis. However, Chani doesn’t believe in such religious ideals and wants a Freemen person to lead the way. She’s torn, however, because Paul is so sincere and genuinely respects, to the point that he truly wants to become part of her people/s culture.

Meanwhile, Paul’s physical interaction with the spice-infused desert sands has started to give him prescient views of the future. One possible future scares him, the possibility that, if he lets Fremen leaders like Stilgar turn him into a messiah, that this will lead to a terrible galactic war killing millions of people.

However, if he stops helping the Fremen wrest control of Arrakis from the Harkonnen family, how can he get justice for his father and all the friends that the Harkonnen’s slaughtered?

DUNE: PART TWO is visually stunning. This, however, doesn’t take away from the epic, dramatic story that it’s trying to tell. In one sense, PART TWO is just a love story between Paul and Chani, set against the backdrop of a planetary and galactic struggle for freedom. However, DUNE: PART TWO is also a story about good and evil, political power, religion, justice, revenge, and the consequences of wielding power and waging war on a worldwide and galactic stage.

In the end, DUNE: PART TWO serves as a warning against blindly following messianic political leaders, despite whatever good intentions they may have. As such, DUNE: PART TWO sends a really appropriate message for today’s politically divided society.

That said, the major problem with the movie is that there are a few pieces of dialogue where Stilgar and his supporter’s faith in messianic prophecies is condemned as a kind of religious “fundamentalism.” Thus, the movie may be seen as a specific attack against Christians and Muslims who strongly believe in their faith tradition’s basic doctrines and put them into practice in every area of their lives, including politics. In reality, of course, secular people, including atheists, can also apply their beliefs in every area of life, including politics, such as communists and fascists. The problem is not strong beliefs. The problem is if you take those strong beliefs and start physically harming and killing people who don’t share those beliefs, or if you use those beliefs to create a totalitarian society with a police state.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.


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