Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. It is based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. The film follows a linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to discover how to communicate with aliens who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war.
An expert linguist named Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to try and decipher alien language. With the help of Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), they puzzle out what the aliens are trying to say to the humans, as they race against time and the people who want to declare total war upon the aliens.
Why it Rocks
- The movie is filmed in a non-linear narrative, with the scenes played in a non-chronological order.
- It also builds up to one of the greatest plot twists of 2016, revealing that Louise hadn't even had her baby yet and that Ian was actually the father.
- It teaches many things, such as life and death, time and how much we are bound by it, about loving unconditionally, etc.
- Amy Adams' performance in the movie is, well, amazing!
- The emotion slowly builds up throughout the film and reaches its peak at the ending.
- The atmospheric soundtrack that ranges from bone-chilling to epic.
- The aliens' language is very unique.
- Sad scenes, such as when we see Louise's daughter die from a terminal illness.
- Beautiful CGI that could truly hold up in the future.
- Although this is not the first movie that did this, the story of an alien race who doesn't want to invade Earth but instead wants to communicate with the human race is refreshing.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94% based on 407 reviews, with an average rating of 8.41/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 81 out of 100, based on 52 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.