When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – 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.
What We Thought:
Arrival is a decent flick, but it’s a bit slow and is missing size & scope.
What I mean by that is, most science fiction films look big and wide and have wide shots that scan through the area. There are lots of close-ups and confined shots in this. It’s more story driven than big sci-fi as I was expecting.
It’s much more about Amy Adams’ character than it is aliens and first contact. The aliens land in different parts of the planet and try to communicate with the different nations. Adams plays a linguistic expert and slowly learns to communicate with them.
They teach her ways of communication and seeing things that we didn’t think possible. There are no battles, no action and the entire focus is on the Montana team. The ending you’ll see coming a mile away.
I think some people will have an issue with the flashbacks/flashforwards. The opening scene is made useless by the end and actually might confuse people along the way. I watch a lot of Doctor Who so non-linear timelines are no problem for me.
I overall liked the look of Arrival. I like the actors in it, but it’s much more of a serious film than it is science fiction epic. I just wish it wasn’t so slow. It’s around two hours long, but feels even longer. Because there isn’t much action and it is more story driven, it drags in parts. You keep waiting for something to happen and it turns into a drama with family issues more than science fiction and aliens landing on Earth. Part of me recommends it, but I don’t see the general movie going audience going gangbusters for it.
Cast & Crew:
- Jeremy Renner
- Amy Adams
- Forest Whitaker
Recommended if you like:
- Science Fiction Films