Arrival (2016)

arrival2016“Now that’s a proper introduction. ” – Louise Banks

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After 12 mysterious UFO’s land all over the world, the world governments try to figure out who they are and why they have come to Earth.

My Take on it – I’m a big fan of sci-fi films and I generally prefer sci-fi films where there is a lot of action and adventure.

There is something to be said tho for sci-fi films like this one which are much more cerebral and expect us to think about what is going on instead of just sitting back while munching on our popcorn.

I saw this film nearly a week ago and I’m still thinking about everything that happened and I keep pondering what the meaning of certain parts of this film are trying to tell us.

The cast of this movie does a great job of making the storyline seem much more realistic and believable.

The casting choices of Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker are all great ones and it was enjoyable watching their performances here.

The themes of unity are quite prevalent here whether being discussed on a personal, national or global level and makes me think that perhaps there is a lot to the idea of the Star Trek Federation… perhaps??

Certain twists in the film work better than others, but overall, we are left with a compelling and realistic story that takes us places we don’t expect.

I will be mulling this movie over for quite some time….

Bottom Line – Very good cerebral sci-fi movie that gives us so much to ponders for days afterwards. The cast is excellent with Adams, Renner and Whitaker helping to make it all seem much more realistic. Great themes about unity. Certain twists work better than others, but overall it’s a very compelling story that takes things places where we don’t quite expect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ted Chiang, who wrote the novella the film is based upon, approved the film, saying, “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.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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16 thoughts on “Arrival (2016)

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  2. I’m glad so many people like this film but for me it was disappointing. The digital effects are mediore by today’s standards, the heroine’s back story is melodramatic, the concept of memory circularity is weak which leads to a muddled narrative structure. The American propaganda machine has worked overtime with this one but that’s where it is made so they get to be the heroes yet again. At least it is thought provoking.


  3. You’re very right about sci-fi’s today that seem to be achieving more of a deeper connection, leaving us with more to ponder about as you say. I think Interstellar achieved that in a way too. I haven’t seen this movie yet but I really want to. The spaceship on the movie cover looks like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment.. mmmmm hm.


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  5. Loved the movie. Best of the year so far. So great to have intellectual adult scifi. Talking about it involves spoilers, so I won’t get into why even if it is all fairly predictable (in a good way), but it’s so fantastic to have emotion drive the story. Let’s say there’s a reason the alien ship looks like a contact lens. 😉 Amazing movie. I wonder how the average film goer will respond. Could this be a scifi nominated for best picture, like EX MACHINA should have been last year? I hope so.

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