Arrival (2016)


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Released:  Friday, November 11, 2016  
Length:  116 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Arrival is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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Horrible/Confusing That is How Awful This Alien Movie is Turn Out To Be Awful From The Start
11/15/2016 11:02 PM EDT

Heard good things about this one
11/07/2016 7:29 PM EDT

Early screening due to election tomorrow
11/07/2016 7:03 PM EDT

Love this type of movies. Exploring the possibilities of what could happen and how we'll react to visitors from other space.
11/01/2016 3:29 PM EDT

looks like this will be a great movie!
11/01/2016 3:29 PM EDT

I would love to see this movie. The possibility of another species is so probable
10/31/2016 9:20 PM EDT
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Arrival Theatrical Review

Your average alien movie is usually an action packed, blow ‘em up, sci-fi thriller.  Spaceships show up and kill millions of people, forcing humanity to work together to save the human race. Rarely does Hollywood divert from this formula because these movies often become blockbusters. However, Arrival is not your average alien movie.

Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is a linguistics professor who lost her daughter (or did she?) and is content living alone and teaching classes.  Suddenly, 12 spaceships show up all over the Earth and she finds herself in the forefront of a race to determine why they are here.  Making contact, she manages to create a primitive dialogue with them and learns to communicate through their language of symbols.  However, as this process take time, military, national and world leaders grow more and more nervous.

During the months that Bank's study occurs, she also starts dreaming vividly, which confuses and somewhat concerns her. Meanwhile, world leaders in other countries break off contact and move to threaten the aliens with deadly force.  As Banks and the US team rush to have a breakthrough, the world goes into panic mode.  In the end, the aliens depart earth but leave behind a higher purpose that changes Banks' world forever.

Adams is fantastic as the nervous, yet determined, Professor eager to learn the alien language.  Her portrayal during her "spells" of confusion captivate the audience making us wonder what is really going on with her.  Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) as scientist Ian Donnelly compliments Adams well and Forest Whitaker (Southpaw) as their military liaison rounds out this threesome with a stoic performance that helps set the tone of their task. 

The aliens themselves are fascinating and unlike any of the previous depictions we have seen in theaters and on television.  They are less menacing and much more a cross between a deformed Giraffe and a mutated elephant. They seem kinder and gentler than what is normally portrayed, but that is probably part of the point, I suppose.

The story is well done, though the swapping back and forth from present to future can get a little confusing and I'm not sure I really bought into the whole premise (spoiler alert!) that aliens can give us the ability to see the future through learning their language.

The visuals are stunning - from the sets and the scenery to the spaceship itself. The special effects are in no way cheesy or distracting. Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) does a very good job keeping the pace going, though the film does slow a little bit, only to pick up at the end.  He also continues his previous viewpoint making the film seem a little dark and gritty.  Cinematographically speaking this is a fabulous film with a strong cast and a good script.

If you want to see an angry, explosion filled version of an alien movie, you will be sorely disappointed; but, if you want a thought provoking, introspective take on aliens, then Arrival is a film for you.

Grade: A-


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