Arrival (Movie Review)



Brilliant. If I had one word to describe this film, it would be brilliant. Starring Amy Adams (Batman vs. Superman, American Hustle), Jeremy Renner (Captain America: Civil War, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), and Forest Whitaker (Last King Of Scotland, Platoon), this was an incredibly inventive and well-directed film by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario). Though this movie has a great story and incredible cinematography, it is the sneaky twist that really brings the whole thing together and makes it so remarkable. Calling for an immediate rewatch in the sixth sense style (thanks to thousands of hints that just go by without you noticing) this is very enjoyable and I am very much looking forward to watching it again. I would fully recommend this to anyone that likes sci-fi or thrillers.


When twelve UFOs (with aliens inside) land around the globe, all countries must work together to decipher their language but when a possibly threatening message is translated, the world’s powers stop communicating. When China and Russia begin to take arms, it is up to the rest of the world to prevent conflict with the much more advanced race.


[SPOILER] The heptapods tell the humans that they will require their assistance in 3000 years. However, a “year” is a human construct, a measure of the number of revolutions of the Earth around the sun. The heptapods would not have understood the concept of a year, yet no explanation is offered as to how they would have communicated this.


Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


1) Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer created a full, visual, alien language. Heisserer, Vermette, and their teams managed to create a “logogram bible,” which included over a hundred different complete logograms, seventy-one of which are actually featured in the movie.

2) The movie was based on the short story ‘The Story Of Life’ by Ted Chiang.

3) Chiang said of the film “I think it’s that rarest of the rare in that it’s both a good movie and a good adaptation… And when you consider the track record of adaptations of written science fiction, that’s almost literally a miracle.”

4) As soon as Villeneuve finished the film he moved immediately on to directing ‘Blade Runner 2049’, the sequel to the Harrison Ford classic sci-fi ‘Blade Runner’

5) This is the third collaboration between composer JΓ³hann JΓ³hannsson and director Denis Villeneuve. Previously, they worked together on Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015). Their fourth collaboration is Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

6) Whales, octopuses, elephants, and spiders were all sources of inspiration when it came to creating the aliens, Abbott and Costello. Villeneuve wanted their design to evoke a very strong presence, an air of intelligence, and the feeling of being close to a “huge beast underwater”. He also wanted the aliens to feel like something you might imagine in a surreal dream or nightmare and, in the later stages of the film, he wanted them to be suggestive of the Grim Reaper.




Liked this? Check out my reviews of ‘Stranger Things‘ or ‘Deepwater Horizon‘!


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