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Arrival Denis Villeneuve directed this science-fiction suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion. After extraterrestrial spacecraft plant themselves at various locations around the globe, a linguist (Amy Adams) and a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner) must find a way to communicate with the mysterious visitors in order to learn what they want and whether they pose a threat to humanity. Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi
Posted by: earlyadopter44 from: Wooster, Ohio on
An outstanding science fiction film with virtually no violence and an incredible ending.
Amy Adams is terrific. Jeremy Renner is perfectly understated.
If you go to the movies only for light entertainment, don't buy this film.
If you enjoy movies that require your undivided attention, this is for you.
Saw this beautifully directed and acted film in the theater and never wondered how much time is left.
I won't say much more. The movie is loaded with hints as to how it will end. You'll miss many if not all of them. But once it ends you'll think back and realize why all the things you thought made no sense or thought were a mistake weren't either.
An exceptional film that I'll buy and watch many times.
36 out of 41 found this review helpful.
An exciting sci-fi/action film.
Posted by: Pyramids from: on
I first saw "Arrival" in the theatre and it became one of my favorite films of all-time. I also think that "Arrival" is one of the greatest films of all-time because it has a lot of entertaining and enjoyable action, drama, mystery and suspense including a really great and amazing cast, plot and personal storylines as well.
13 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Wow, is the best way to put it !!
Posted by: cha11o from: on
I am very picky when it comes to movies,
But I am so glad I jumped on board with this one !!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
One of the best sci-fi dramas of recent years.
Posted by: Avatar1fan from: on
Arrival is one of those films you have to experience it for yourself and contemplate over the many subjects this film covers in a broad scope to look at. With Amy Adams subtle emotional performance, to the breathtaking cinematography and unique visuals , and the mind-blowing and very emotional twist make this movie an exciting movie experience to enjoy.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Don't Call It Sci-Fi
Posted by: Audiolvr from: on
I just watched this movie on UHD Bluray and couldn't wait to write a review while it was still fresh in my mind. My worst fear is that people who would otherwise love this movie may avoid it because they're picturing Independance Day. The science fiction moniker does not do this nuanced movie justice. The pace and timing of this film is methodically perfect, fleshing out the main character, Louise Banks's life story with her daughter, Hannah, like a good book would. It takes it's time and reveals itself through flashbacks and explains why this reoccurring theme is so important to the story as a whole. Amy Adams is amazing in the starring role and should definitely be considered for best actress at The Academy Awards, but the real star of this film may be director Denis Villeneuve. If it's possible to director a movie with love, then this is a case for that. He handles the story with such care and delicacy that it makes it all the more believable. I won't go through the synopsis of the movie but if you like thought provoking science fiction movies such as Gattaca, then this might be your cup of tea. It's a movie that will stay on your mind long after it's over and I think it will stand up to multiple viewings. If you have a 4K tv that can reveal all of the details and subtleties in the many darkly lit scenes and sepia toned flashbacks, then the UHD bluray will be music to your eyes.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Unique take on alien
Posted by: Rorschach from: on
This movie was great. It was truly a unique concept for alien movies. Great cast and great acting.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ck665 from: Chicagoland on
I have no idea where to begin. This is a masterpiece on so many levels. Story, casting, acting, directing, SFX, original, etc., etc.,. My wife and I saw this in a theater and were blown away by this stunning piece of film making. We purchased the Blu-Ray and watched it right away and are still finding meaning to this thought provoking flick. A fantastic watch.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Intelligent Film! Excellent Performances!
Posted by: Heloduck from: on
I found this film to be compelling and kept me riveted to the screen. The acting is excellent, SFX equally so and a solid story line. Some reviewers found it boring. I don't get that, except that there weren't any car chases to keep their attention. It isn't deep by any stretch of the imagination, but it is thought provoking.
I do tire of Hollywood's constant portrayal of anyone in uniform as mindless dolts who just do what they are told. THAT is an alternate reality.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: barry from: on
Being weened on 50's, 60's, and other top-notch science fiction movies ever since like Signs, and the Alien, the Predator, the Thing and as-of-late Cloverfield series, which by the way has a modern day Ripley-like heroine, subtly and masterfully portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, right here on Earth who will ultimately save our precious planet by spearheading a newfound resistance, I found The Arrival, although excellently crafted, directed, and performed overall a level below all of these other classics. Amy Adams is a worthy heroine and ambassador for Earth's first contact with a technologically superior and somewhat more advanced alien species that's ventured to Earth out of scientific curiosity and benevolence, not imperialistic colonization or conquering. This can be a refreshing approach to a new series of alien science fiction! However, compare it to The Day the Earth Stood Still and Klaatu's compassion and diplomacy for humanity's welfare. Yet, Klaatu's and his master race's best intentions for peace on Earth were to be enforced by Gort, the giant robot empowered with a disintegrating ray that could destroy the world if we don't comply to their mandates of passivity. An incredibly imposing creation of imminent danger standing-by ready to be activated by any of our petty earthling world leaders' stupid squabbles, Gort dutifully awaits! These comparisons are merely to point that The Arrival is a whole different concept of an extra-terrestrial visitation on Earth for our ultimate welfare and benefit, hopefully. A very nice addition to any sci-fi fans collection!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Don't expect a sci-fi action, it's mind blowing
Posted by: Musicman from: on
I read many reviews of this movie reviews and viewer reactions were extreme and mixed. So, before buying, I rented online. It is an amazing film. Don't think Star Wars or Star Trek. But it is a unique perspective on encountering life from elsewhere that perceives existence and communication in a totally different manner. Meanwhile, good old planet earth cannot get along with each other and of course, disaster looms in the forefront. Very imaginative and creative. VERY good, with a high recommend for the thoughtfulness that has gone into character and plot development. However, if you're expecting something more of sci-fi action, steer clear. Mind open...ENGAGE!