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
If Batman v Superman didn't do Amy Adams any justice, then Arrival will. For once, Arrival tells a compelling story: a known language connoisseur is assigned to translate what a group of aliens is communicating in order to understand why they arrived on Earth. Adams characters, Louise Banks, is quite intelligent and will never be the same. After deciphering their language, she has her perception of time manipulated. How scary! Jeremy Renner's character is quite funny. There may be no true antagonists, but the antagonists are the world and their (hostile) perception of the aliens. Finally, the aliens' writing system is magnificent! I wish I knew how to spell my name in their language!
Arrival creates an interesting correlation between the linearity of language and the linearality of time. Worth watching more than once to fully appreciate the complex interweaving of reading and moving through time this film so artistically presents.
A group of scientists must find a way to communicate with aliens after they land at 12 locations around the world. While trying to communicate with the aliens, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), discovers that time is non-linear for the aliens, and they have a different means of communication.