Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.
Arrival had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016, and was released in the United States on November 11, 2016, in IMAX by Paramount Pictures. Critics praised the film for its story and atmosphere and Adams’s performance. It has grossed $132 million worldwide.
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is 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.
This is another movie I have yet to formally talk about in a full on review because I’ve been behind.
But yeah, when I first saw the trailer for this, I was like everybody else, I got excited, I got hyped. But I also remembered that the newest crop of science fiction features that we’ve gotten over the years have been mostly major disappointments or just downright bad movies, In Time, Transcendence, friggin’ Lucy. You’ll get something like Ex Machina and Under The Skin that is actually great but most of the time, nothing but failure all around. So I went into this with the lowest of expectations I can give this without not looking forward to it period.
And all-in-all, all I can say is…WOW!!!! What a great movie this is, I mean, my god, if you still have not gotten around to see this movie, you really are doing yourself a huge disservice to yourself because this is probably one of the best sci-fi features we’ve had in a long, long time.
Not only is this movie craftily directed well by Denis Villenueve but what I’m really loving about his work over the years is that he takes these movies that look terrible but completely plays with your expectations by giving you something amazing with it, Prisoners and Sicario are perfect examples, movies that looked either generic or terrible but when you actually watch the films, you’re completely surprised by how well the whole film is presented as a whole and this is another example of that.
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker do a really great job working with the roles they are given with Adams and Renner giving the highlight performances of the film.
The script is nicely tight and well-written, a shock considering this was written by the same guy who wrote the horrible Nightmare Of Elm Street remake from a few years back, Final Destination 5, and The Thing prequel…but then again, he wrote Lights Out so maybe he learned.
The music is nicely done by Jóhann Jóhannsson, the visual effects are nicely done and the cinematography by Bradford Young is really good.
The best thing you can say about this movie is that the pacing is pitch perfect, this is a slow moving sci-fi film but in the good way, a way that keeps you guessing as you watch the feature like Ex Machina does on what will happen in the end as you never get any full indication of how the movie will end as you watch it. I will tell you that it does have a really solid payoff at the end, one of the best third acts you could expect for a sci-fi feature.
There’s really no flaws that I can say with Arrival, I watched this entire movie and I could not find a negative flaw to it, I really enjoyed the hell out of this movie, it’s one of the best movies of the year and is more than worth seeing, go see it now dammit.
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