The Arrival (1996)


“What do I want to do? I want to blow a hole in your head and donate your organs to science, but I’ve got a few questions first.” – Zane

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An astronomer makes an astounding discovery and is then caught up in a conspiracy theory that is trying to stop him from revealing what he knows.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across while trying to watch more films starring Charlie Sheen.

The overall premise of this film is actually quite good but they completely ruin that potential by presenting things in a very laughable and silly way.

Charlie Sheen is known as an actor who is able to play ‘crazy’ quite well, but in this film he needs to play both crazy and a scientist.

As believable as he might be in this role from a ‘crazy’ perspective, he can’t manage to make us believe him to be a scientist.

The story meanders along too much and eventually turns into a convoluted mess especially once it starts going off into some strange directions even with the potential that this film has.

There are some huge plot holes that make this even more frustrating to watch and hurts the story too much.

The one main thing that they actually do get right here is the fact that none of the characters should 100% trust anyone else.

There are some nice twists and turns that they throw at us along the way to try and prove this idea that no one can be trusted which leads to the viewer also feeling paranoid as to what is right or wrong based on the actions of the characters.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is presented in quite a laughable way. Sheen knows how to play characters in a crazy way, but it’s so hard to imagine him as a scientist. The story gets a bit convoluted along the way and moves in some very strange directions which hurts the potential that this premise actually has. There are also some very large plot holes in the story that hurt things even more.  The main thing that they get right here is the fact that no one can be trusted among the characters. They have some nice twists and turns along the way that keep changing the viewers mind as to what is right or wrong in these kind of situations.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The length of the first signal is 42 seconds. The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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