Arrival (2016) Movie Review

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Arrival (2016)

2016 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
116 minutes / 1h 56min

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Arrival Plot Synopsis:

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Arrival (2016) Review

Arrival (2016) is an 116-min PG-13 American science-fiction drama mystery film that had an estimated budget of $50 million and was based on Ted Chiang‘s short story titled Story of Your Life. Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners (2013), Incendies (2010), Sicario (2015), Enemy (2013)) did an outstanding job executing his film that his talents shine in/through. Arrival is one of the best science fiction films I have seen in years and is without a doubt the best science fiction film of (2016) because it was an emotional journey that explored communication and understanding.

Arrival revolves around Louise Banks (Amy Adams - Man of Steel (2013), American Hustle (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Enchanted (2007)) who is a linguistics expert and professor. Louise did not know that her life was about to change after 12 mysterious alien crafts landed on her planet. She was offered an opportunity to assist/joined scientist Ian (Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker (2008), The Avengers (2012), The Bourne Legacy (2012), American Hustle (2013)) in communicating with the aliens. They were stationed at a military base near one of the aliens’ landing sites in Montana. Louise and Ian are tasked with finding out what the creatures want with their planet and why they are there.

Louise and Ian are not the only scientists trying to communicate with the aliens. There are 11 other teams of scientists trying to communicate with the other aliens. Louise and Ian were the first scientists to make the most progress by figuring out what language the aliens use which lead them to establish a bond with the aliens and nicknaming the aliens Abbott and Costello. Things are about to take a turn as other nations do not have the amount of patience that the US has and wants to start a war without understanding the aliens all too well. Will Louise be able to figure out why the aliens are there in time before it is too late?

Eric Heisserer has done a fabulous job writing a compelling script that was thoughtful and had several messages. I could not get over how the film opened as that image is stuck in my head along with many others. Arrival started with Louise welcoming her daughter Hannah into the world and then watching her daughter suffer from a rare illness that leads Louise to bury her teenage daughter. I was emotionally attached to Louise from that point on and sad when the movie took a turn after she was getting so close to finding out why the aliens are here. I was sad because I could not believe the twist and the conclusion to the film which leaves me to giving this remarkable film a score of nine. Needless to say that everything was almost perfect in the movie including editing, cinematography, sound, special effects, acting and everything else.

  • Arrival Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 8.65
  • IMDB: 7.9
  • MetaCritic: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.4

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About Arrival 2016

Title: Arrival
Year: 2016
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.33/5 stars from 476,789 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 476,789
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Arrival Cast Starring: Jeremy Renner, Joe Cobden, John Moore, Forest Whitaker, Brent Skagford, Dan Duran, Larry Day, Amy Adams, Albert Kwan, John Sanford Moore, Andrew Shaver, Abdul Ayoola, Nathaly Thibault, Russell Yuen, Shawn Campbell, Anana Rydvald, Abigail Pniowsky, Bineyam Girma, Alexander Da Mota, Mark Camacho, Ruth Chiang, Frank Schorpion, Julian Casey, Christian Jadah, Michael Stuhlbarg, Karen Belfo, Laurean Adrian Parau, Matthew Wilson, Lori Graham, Philippe Hartmann
Arrival Writers: Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang
Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve
Box Office: $100,501,349
Production: 21 Laps Entertainment
Language: English, Russian, Mandarin
Country: USA, Canada