When eight giant, pod-like space crafts land-actually hover over-earth, it's linguist Dr. Louise Banks (the ever-expressive Amy Adams) who is called in by the American military to try to communicate with the aliens inside. Together, they must establish some form of communication to determine the objective of the aliens' visit to our planet while working against preconceived ideas and mass hysteria that could result in military action against these visitors from a distant planet. At first it seems much more stock than it is-Basic Backstory 101-but that's just Villeneuve slowly pulling the rug out from under you.
It's a more intimate and emotional film than you might expect (the trailers have been rather cold) and much of that comes from Ted Chiang's 1998 short tale The Story of You- which you absolutely should not read about before you see the film.
From the director of Prisoners and Sicario; Arrival is not only one of the best sci-fi films of the past year, it's up there with the genre's greatest assets.
Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) doesn't share that same sentiment.
Whilst much of the film is focussed on Banks and Donnelly's interactions with the aliens, the political back and forth between the nations of the world provides a sense of urgency throughout.
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Whilst Arrival is a supremely heavy film, it's so full of heart and hope that I feel no words will do it justice. That should explain why I'm absolutely buzzing about "Arrival", a first contact film by director Denis Villeneuve that is certainly one of the best films of 2016. The military has a big interest in national security with Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) and his special squad of elite soldiers are standing by in the event that the aliens are here to attack the planet. Adams and Renner are outstanding as two scholars who find common ground in their approach to problem-solving after being initially overwhelmed by the ground-breaking task of learning an alien language.
"Arrival" is hands down the best science fiction movie of the year and may give some of the best sci-fi films a run for their money. How will we react?
"Frankly, I love looking at the night sky and thinking about the vastness of the universe".
It's a race against time, with looting and violence breaking out on the streets and a state-of-emergency being declared, pressure mounting to simply blast the visitors into oblivion, and one mistake potentially spelling the end for the human race. It's a realistic take on the alien invasion genre; a bold, risky film more akin to something like 2001: A Space Odyssey than a sci-fi action spectacle like Star Wars. Running time is 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Arrival shows us how powerful language and understanding each other can be, no matter where we are from.