Dune

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Lots of fighting in vivid but long sci-fi adaptation.

PG-13 2021 155 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 79 reviews

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age 16+

Spiritually Dark

I really wanted to like this movie because it had good reviews and friends said they liked it, but my husband and I had to walk out after a while. In terms of sy-fy, the plot line is cool. But, I felt increasingly uncomfortable with the dark themes like human sacrifice, witches, etc. I would not take a kid to this. It's pretty tough to compare this movie to star wars, because dune just had a spiritual and disturbing edge to it.
6 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Jaw-dropping prologue has intense violence

Dune (2021) is a beautiful film following a dystopian world and its inhabitants relying on “the spice” the universes most important substance and natural resource crucial for space travel. Throughout, expect knife violence which can get bloody at times. VIOLENCE: MODERATE Throughout the film, countless soldiers are killed with knifes and swords in intense sequences, this consists of mostly throat slitting and stabbing. At the beginning, violence in minimal with only one onscreen stabbing to the side, the middle of the film depicts intense battle scenes where soldiers slice each other’s throat, stab each other and punch each other, showing some instances of blood spray. The aftermath of killings usually shows blood covered knifes, hands and faces, and blood commonly sprays about on faces. The third and final act also shows plenty of throat slittings, stabbing a with swords and other weapons. In certain scenes knifes and swords are shown stabbed all the way through chests with lots of blood on blades and bodies, a particularly violent scene shows a character lunging over soldiers as he slices their throats and bodies. Most of the combat shows visible “shields” which create red areas when people are stabbed. This covers up lots of blood but doesn’t completely remove it. This is the most blatantly violent and bloody PG-13 film released in the 21st century in my opinion, as all stabbings and deaths are onscreen with visible injury. A room filled with dead men is shown. Blood is shown pooled and splattered all over the walls and their corpses, bloody knives and stab wounds are clearly visible. The killings are later shown onscreen. On several occasions, bodies are shown being graphically burned in a large pile, causing all bodies to be tarred and black, fingers are shown missing from them as all are shown up in flames. Most shots are up-close and in your face, while others show the entire fire with all of the corpses on it. A man, despite being stabbed and slashed countless times, continues to stab and kill his enemies while stumbling around before dying. A scene depicts soldiers implied with spears and blades. A man who is drugged and naked bites down on a bladed tooth causing poison to spread around the room killing most surrounding men. Later, we see one man with his eyes missing. A lady commands soldiers on a ship to kill each other. They are shown slitting each other’s throats, beating each other in and stabbing each other with some visible blood. Although this film is bloody and violent fir a PG-13 film, it shouldn’t be an issue for teens who have seen soft R films and other moderate violence in video games. The throat slittings and kills only show brief glances of blood and nothing too extreme, as all violence is shown in intense, fast moving sequences. LANGUAGE: MILD A use of “sh*t” and some use of “damn”, “hell” and “ass” DRUG CONTENT: MILD The film revolves around a fictional substance called “the spice” however this isn’t depicted as a drug and more as a natural resources . Characters exposed to “the spice” have blue eyes. The point of the substance is to help with space travel, and not for recreational use. SEXUAL CONTENT: NONE A man is shown fully nude lying on a chair, however his crotch is cleverly hidden by objects and people around him. This isn’t sexual or graphic as this as used primarily as a form of humiliation. A man is nude in a sauna type area shown from the waist up in a completely non-sexual manner. All nudity is hidden, however we see a few shirtless men. Rape is briefly mentioned in dialogue according to online, however I never heard this. The film is clean of sexual content. OVERALL: 13+ for strong violence

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Too much violence
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