When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks - 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.
If you like your sci-fi with a side of smarts get ready for one of the most moving and spectacular sci-fi flicks since Interstellar.
Denis Villenueve himself might as well be from another planet with his otherworldly filmmaking skills. He made one of my favourite movies of last year the intricate Sicario as well as the psychologically gripping Prisoners. And he’s back with another film that demands you pay full attention to the complex and enthralling script. While something like Independence Day 2 predictability plods along this will captivate you and make your jaw drop at the twists and turns.
He’s got an out of this world cast on board too. You can lock in a sixth Oscar-nomination for the amazing Amy Adams who deserves her first win with her powerful performance as the whip-smart linguist. I’m usually the first one to give poor Jeremy Renner grief but he’s actually a great foil for Adams as the shy mathematician, and their workplace camaraderie is great to watch. And of course Forest Whitaker makes the army’s involvement all the more personable.
While the score is eerily effective (from Villenueve regular Johann Johannsson) it’s the spectacular real-world visuals that blow you away, with stunning design that feels like something actually alien. Villenueve and his writing team took a huge effort to make sure the science behind this sci-fi was accurate too and it makes for a much fascinating movie. You feel this could actually happen, and it channels thought-provoking classics such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Acclaimed director Dennis Villenueve knocks it out of this world, delivering a thought-provoking, powerful edge of your seat film with a star turn from Amy Adams. Quality sci fi doesn’t get any better than this.
Releases: 10th November 2016
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 116 minutes
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Incendies)
The original name for the film was "Story of Your Life", until test audiences did not like the title, and therefore was changed to "Arrival".
The poster had been causing a stir in Hong Kong as Shanghai landmark was misplaced to the city. The online outrage was serious enough that in less than 24 hours after the poster was released, it was deleted from all of Paramount's social media accounts and replaced with the corrected version.
The movie is based upon the short story "Story of Your Life" written by Ted Chiang in 2000.
The film's composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, stated he started recording the score before the movie had even started filming, and he and the director like to work on the music as the director's films are being made.
The minute after Villeneuve finished it, he had to start with the Blade Runner 2049.
The spaceship on the poster is a perfect replica of the norwegian candy 'lakrisbåt' (liquorice boat).