By Andy Godfrey
Dune - film due for release in UK Cinema’s: October 27th 2021
Coming hot on the heels of the long-delayed James Bond film “No time to die”, we now have the equally long delayed Science Fiction Epic, Dune arriving in cinemas nationwide. Fans of Frank Herbert’s classic novels have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this epic new film from director Denis Villeneuve who previously brought us “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049”. Good pedigree!
Herbert’s novel is set on the desert planet of Aracturus populated by giant worms and home to an incredible resource. The book tells the story of the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset in the galaxy. A life giving and life enhancing spice. The story, which spawned 4 sequels, takes place over millennia and explores themes such as will the human race survive and how will we evolve as well as complicated topics such as religion, economics and power. Dune went on to become the best-selling science fiction novel of all time.
The new film stars Timothe Chalamat and Rebecca Ferguson and looks spectacular. Described by one critic as “Star Wars for adults”. There has been an attempt to faithfully bring the book to the screen and early word of mouth is that fans will be more than satisfied. We will be treated to spectacular space battles, giant marauding worms and a family drama that will have an impact on the whole universe.
One of the most famous quotes from the book, and one which will be heard in the film is when central character Paul Atreides says that “Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear, and I will permit it to pass over me. When the fear has gone, there will be nothing”. Fear can indeed be a killer. Fear of ill health, losing our job or a dissolving relationship. Fear of death. It can be crippling and life halting.
However, the Bible presents us with an answer to fear. It says “perfect love” casts it out. In other words when I reach the point that I realise how much God loves me, fear drains away. If God loves me and is for me – who or what can be against me? Embracing God’s love and his that of his son Jesus Christ in to our lives means that fear can be a thing of the past.
Enjoy Dune when it arrives.