Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Length and Rating: 1 hr 56 min | PG-13
Are we the only living things in this universe? If not, what would we do if aliens came to Earth? Well, in Arrival, it seems we would all lose are freaking minds. Because when 12 alien pods, that look similarly like the Chicago bean, land all over the planet in different locations, the planet is at a lost of how to communicate with them. In America, the army enlists the help of renown linguistic Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to try to decipher their language in order to know their purpose here on Earth. They are not only racing against time, but also against the other host countries of these pods so that no one takes matters into their hands and start an all-out war with these aliens.
Amy Adams shines as Dr. Banks, a woman who is tasked with an impossible job while also struggling with her own inner turmoil. Her anxiety is also ours, and your wanting her to succeed also comes with apprehension of what her victory will mean for the planet. Will we like what the aliens have to say?
What this movie succeeds in is the fact that it throws away this notion that if alien life were to inhabit Earth we would be able to understand them. This film explores the idea that aliens not only would not be able to speak any of our languages, but also have a completely different comprehension of what language is and how it is used. Which only makes the task of deciphering their language that much more difficult.
This movie is advertised as an alien invasion movie, but if you have read other reviews you know that it’s more than that. This film does bait and switch, and the decision to accept that is ultimately up to you. But if you do accept it, you will walk away thinking about this movie for days after, like I did.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “There are days that define your story beyond your life, like the day they arrived.”
Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams)