If you're looking for an action and "turn brain off now" film, just don't watch it and spare us the 6-7 hearts review.
I for one, am very tired from 500$m crap like Indi Day and Marvel's poop. So I was very excited to watch this one.
This one is more like Spielberg's Encounters from the Third Kind. It's more about the characters in the film and the amazing journey they go through. It's mostly about the human behavior that will make you think.
While it's not an End of the World aliens movie like Battle: Los Angeles, it still offers great amount of military presence and plenty of stuff that's going on.
So if you actually want to care about an intelligent movie and use your head - go. Otherwise, go watch an X men.
Highly recommended for some audience 10/10.
2-feb-2017 edit: Just came out on Bluray and I saw it again. Definitely keeping my rating.
Denis Villenueve. A solid lineup. A different take on first contact. I loved Sicario but went in expecting a cerebral epic sci-fi.
That was a mistake.
Good things:- Some really nice visual scenes- Interesting aliens Calligraphy aliens!- Clear theme of communication is omnipresent- A neat score that might be awesome in a different movie
Bad things:- The acting- The lack of emotional reaction to ALIENS! The students asking to turn on the TV, all of the main characters- Lack of useful characters Only the aliens and Louise actually did anything the entire movie. - Supporting characters are very stupid in an attempt to foil the main character slightly- Very clumsy exposition. Genre-typical news reports, voice-overs, dumb characters asking stupid questions. - Very slow pacing. This worked in parts of Sicario, but didn't work in this movie because there was no tension. The main characters never seemed remotely threatened.- Lousie showing up at school thinking everyone will be there after aliens arrive and there's a state of emergency- Why can't you translate alien language like you can translate Farsi. This is a paraphrase but in the spirit of what Colonel Weber was saying. - Useless love interest when the costars have no chemistry.- Ultrasecure military base lets someone steal a ton of explosives and put it in an ALIEN SPACECRAFT without anyone noticing. - Many unbelievable plot points- Poor dialogue Let's make a baby - real quote- Poor handling of the major plot points Looking through time seems to undermine the fact that the aliens need help. Why did one have to die if they could see the future? Why did only one die when they were right next to each other?- Very heavy handed moral messaging that didn't align with the rest of the movie.- Why couldn't Ian also see into the future as he studied the language, or any of the others?
Overall extremely disappointing. I'm honestly surprised critics or general moviegoers like this. The premise was very good. It's a real shame the execution failed so miserably.
Villeneuve follows up "Sicario" with a gem. A deep, twisty and emotional sci-fi piece. Aspects of time, how we view life experiences, communication and and if we would still choose paths even knowing the outcome are a few theme that are touched upon. Jóhannsson again composes a masterpiece score instilling the needed wonderment and fear first contact would dictate. And of course a great cast including Adams, Renner and Whitaker. Just awesome, gotta see it again!
I am going to talk about ’Arrival’ without even mentioning the plot, so don’t worry about spoilers.
There is a certain sensation that a serious film-goer might be aware of that casual popcorn-chompers may never fully appreciate. That sensation is the almost subconscious relaxation that comes over a person when they realize that they’re in good cinematic hands. You go to the theatre, and sit down, and turn off your phone, and the house lights dim, and the movie begins, and suddenly you find yourself immersed in this enormous, calm wave of relief. Yes, you say to yourself, this film-maker knows what he’s doing. Sometimes you get that feeling ten minutes into a film, sometimes less.
With Denis Villeneuve’s ’Arrival’, the sensation shows up almost immediately. Practically from the very first camera set-up.
This isn’t just a confident film-maker who knows exactly how and when he is going to dole out information. This isn’t just a film-maker who knows how to work with his cinematographer, who is just crazy amazing. This is a film-maker who, in a way, uses every cinematic technique in his tool-kit to teach you how to watch his film and how to fully appreciate his film. 'Arrival' is a crash-course in aesthetics and pacing and narrative, and it should declare to anyone who watches this film that Villeneuve is a director to keep an eye on.
Moreover, you sense almost instinctively that you can trust what he’s doing. This movie is not going to end up in some stupid nonsensical twist that betrays everything that has come before. It’s not going to trick you or kick you in the ass just for the sake of tricking you or kicking you in the ass. It may have a powerful, emotional surprise or two, but they aren’t cheap, they are integral. They are deeply considered, and woven deftly into the fabric of this film. And if you’ve been an attentive film-goer and learned how to watch this film while also watching it, you will appreciate that, ultimately, they have always been an intrinsic part of the story. But you’ll have to watch this film to know what I mean.
A lot of people are saying, “If you're a fan of sci-fi, then you owe it to yourself to see this.” I think what really needs to be said about ’Arrival’ is, if you have a high-school-aged daughter, or niece, you owe it to her to take her to see this.
This movie may be small comfort, especially after a vicious U.S. election that succeeded in revealing how surprisingly anti-science and how sadly anti-woman our modern world really is. But for those who aren't afraid to think or to feel, this film is still some comfort. I didn't expect to feel so fiercely hopeful after seeing a mid-November sci-fi movie, but I was.
Now I'm just going to hang on to that hope for as long as I can.
[8.2/10] It’s hard to talk about Arrival without spoiling the film. So much of what makes it more than just a well-done first contact story is tied up in its later developments. They recontextualize enough of the prior proceedings that trying to discuss the import or quality of the film without mentioning them is like trying to give someone directions without letting them know the destination.
But its premise is fairly straightforward. Aliens have come to Earth, in twelve ships scattered across the globe. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) a linguist, is brought by the U.S. Military to the ship in Montana, in attempt to help us communicate with the extra-terrestrial presence. With the help of theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and buffer provided by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), Banks slowly but surely finds ways to talk to these beings, with the American team alternatively working with and against similar groups in other nations attempting the same.
And then there’s the twist. The birth, death, and tragedy of Louise’s daughter, implied through the grammar of film to have occurred prior to the alien encounter we witness, actually happened afterward. The estranged husband hinted at early on turns out to be Donnelly. And Banks herself, through learning to think like the heptapods, and eventually direct contact with the aliens, becomes unstuck in time. She experiences moments from what we’d consider the past, present, and future, in non-linear splendor, mixing them up like a memory collage.
Despite the narrative trickery employed, the reveal itself isn’t so unfamiliar to those acquainted with the novels of Kurt Vonnegut, Watchmen, and even Star Trek: The Next Generation. But what the twist lacks in novelty, it makes up for in thematic resonance. Like those works, Arrival uses the time-dilated nature of its story to comment on processing trauma, the value of one’s experiences and life itself in a chaotic universe, and the potential of the human mind to expand to contemplate greater possibilities.
You’re unlikely to find a film this year with as many intriguing philosophical implications as Arrival. In that, it is akin to The Prestige, as a film with a twist that initially knocks over the viewer with how it changes the reality of what’s been depicted up to that point, but that makes its bones from the implications of that new reality. In both films, what the reveals show about the characters, and say about the value and nature of human life, linger long after the shock of the twist dissipates.
But the force of the movie does kick into high gear after the non-linear way in which Louise begins to experience time is unveiled. It answers the plot-specific mystery that Arrival presents – why did the heptapods come here? They, it turns out, have experienced time in this fashion from the beginning, the thoughts and information able to exist simultaneously in the past and the future. Their journey is to help Earth unify, to serve as a catalyst for cooperation, so that three millennia in the future, humanity will be able to help them. It is an intriguing and clockwork explanation for their presence.
Beyond, however, the on-the-ground (so to speak) plot mechanics of Arrival, what makes it stand out is its exploration of how this change in temporal perspective changes how individuals think, how they value different things in their lives, how they approach and view the world. The film reflects this in interesting ways.
The heptapods’ language is circular, more symmetrical and again, non-linear to reflect their perspective, tying into the motif that learning a language rewires your brain to a certain extent. Louise naming her daughter Hannah, which the episode notes is a palindrome, reflects the way this same symmetry and perspective has filtered down to her. And the film itself often frames Louise symmetrically, using a flat background or one-point perspective to balance the images.
But most notably, that mode of thought changes Louise’s perspective on life writ large, estranges her from eventual husband Donnelly, and motivates her to both marry him and have a child, knowing that each choice will end in pain. The cinch is that for Louise, these decisions do not “end.” They simply are. They exist on the same continuum as all moments, not greater or lesser in priority or order than the others.
And for that, for the gift given to her by the heptapods, she chooses the path that will increase the amount of bliss she enjoys, where she experiences love, where she is enriched. Amy Adams understated performance gives life to this epiphany. Freed from constraints, in philosophy and temporal perspective, of having to fear loss and hardship, she pursues those paths that will make her life more worthwhile, that will give her more moments of happiness and wonder and fulfillment, regardless of any chronological path from joy to sadness.
It’s a laudable message, that applies even to the humble folks who still experience time in a linear fashion. Much of cinema tackles ideas about coping with loss or valuing the good times even in the shadow of the bad. But the device of the scattered timescape of Louise’s life, seen as an accumulation of experiences and not a linear progression, drives that point home in a unique way. Much of Arrival is about broadening perspectives, and the scattered scenes combining what was, what is, and what will be help to cast the same broadening spell on the audience that the heptapods do for Louise.
That’s part of why talking about this film without talking about its twist is so hard. The way Arrival tells its story, the ways those moments are sequenced in the film, is so essential to what the film is trying to say that discussing it apart from that perspective is unavoidably lacking. In a film about altering perspective, there is only so much to say without talking about how it attempts to shift the audience’s own perspective in the process. Arrival uses the alien and unfamiliar to tell a deeply humanistic story, about unity, philosophy, and worth, through one individual who comes to see them all very differently.
Subtle, imaginative, and well-told story that doesn't rely on big-budget effects or a body count. Original, unique concepts weaved together for an enjoyable movie. If you're looking for high-tech space battles, fast-paced action and death -- this isn't that kind of SciFi -- move along... ;-)
So the free choice does not exist? I'm not buying it. Also, why the less advanced species are supposed to learn the more advanced language? This would be like expecting that people wait till dogs start to communicate in English.
Prisoners, Sicario and now Arrival - Denis Villeneuve proves once again that he is one of Hollywood's finest directors. This movie is one of the best movies of 2016 and one of the best sci-fi movies I've seen lately. It was very thought provoking, and everything about it was nothing but amazing - the acting (especially Amy Adams, who was brilliant as usual), the cinematography, the suspense & the atmosphere. Definitely an Oscar deserving movie.
Discovering this plot as it unfolds is such a joy. The themes may be hammered home a little hard towards the end, but I don't care because it's powerful and important.
Excellent sci-fi movie that requires an active brain to enjoy it... But I still wanted to know more about Portuguese! D:
Wow, I did not expect this film. The hook alone is more than worth the experience - I gasped out loud when I realized what it was. Beautiful and emotional story.
I don't believe I've ever been so captivated by such a deeply flawed movie as I am with Arrival. What others have written about far more insightfully than I could, namely that the acting is hollow at best, that the plot is nothing so much as a severely frayed thread in danger of completely unraveling, and an utter waste of one of the most creative iterations of extra-terrestrial contact in cinematic history...is all too true. Yet despite all of these reasons to dismiss the lamentable execution of this piece of art, I can't help but admit that I love it.
When you strip away all of the trappings and examine this movie solely for the essential story being told, you are privy to something very profound and genuinely uplifting: a treatise on how humanity's manifold foibles might just be redeeming after all. Through the protagonist, Louise, we see the unfolding of a series of personal tragedies being tempered with unflinching dedication to the accomplishment of something worthwhile and therein given purpose. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I found in it elements of the best of Disney's heroes, Shakespeare's tragic rulers, and religious texts' unwavering commitment to showing that there is no such thing as a meaningless sacrifice. While I believe they all could've been done greater justice, I believe their mere coexistence here is cause to sit up and take note, eschewing any demands for a greater polish and fidelity to realism.
I came away with a greater knowledge of myself and a more forgiving opinion of our species as a whole, and for both of those I am grateful beyond measure. Perhaps in time I'll come to see that the imperfections in its presentation actually work to clarify some or all of these laudable aspects of the narrative,...or perhaps the magic will fade under the weight of familiarity and I'll be unable to defend it as I have here now. Either way, the two hours I devoted to watching this movie for the first time are ones that I won't ever regret, and perhaps that's the best praise any artistic work can receive, especially in light of this particular story.
Heavy on the fiction, weak on the science. This makes the human race look incredibly stupid. They are completely guessing at what the aliens are saying. They have no proof at all. Seems to me, beings would be able to decipher our simple symbols before we could make any progress with theirs, duh! They mastered space travel didn't they?
Also, in order to communicate in a first contact situation would be to use symbols that we both have in common, and the only thing that we could have in common would be the elements of the periodic table. Quantum physics would be the only way to communicate initially.
Last point, and this goes along with the first point. They mastered space travel, obviously superior. Wouldn't they have first contact protocols ready, before they actually land. Why come and just sit there looking stupid? Awaiting a primitive species to figure you out. Wouldn't they at least take the lead, not let some dumb college teacher to bumble things up.
I'm sorry but this movie is just plain dumb. At least the science portion of it is.
What an amazing journey.This movie is wonderful.You need to pay attention so you can understand what's going on.It reminds me to the butterfly effect.
Disappointed.....while basis of the movie is intriguing the execution was extremely poor. I love sci-fi's that are more than visual effects and action so I appreciate the depth of this film. This isn't your typical alien invasion storyline it really had the potential to be a great movie. There was also such a lack of emotion it seemed like the entire cast as on xanex!!! The ending was also very weak and left too many questions unanswered.
If you're looking to kill some time or veg on a Sunday afternoon give it a watch but this is NOT a main attraction movie night film.
This is Sci-Fi at it's finest. An original and emotional exploration of the nature of language and time, and a masterfully done sequence of what a plausible non-extintion level first contact would look. Every element fits cohesively to build a strong atmosphere; music, cinematography, audio effects are top notch and will stick with me probably forever. I wanted to rewatch this move the moment it ended.
This movie talks more broadly than just Science fiction. It talks about language, non-linear time, and decision.
Over all a fine movie. Good for a one over, I think the rewatch-ability of it is very low.Overall...Pros- The communication element and focus on that element was neat and different.- The effects were decent. Though this is more of the lower side of a pro though because I've seen video games with better looking CGI than they used during the climax. That was a bit jarring. They're decent, nothing to write home about.- The alien language looked cool. Yes it's a shallow reason, so sue me.
Cons- Super generic character behaviors. Unfortunately it couldn't escape the sameness that all alien encounter movies seem to share.- Lots of useless people. If you're like me you will only know 2 of the characters names by the end. The rest are either functionally useless, or cliche "imma just get in your way" roles.- and my biggest annoyance we never find out what crisis the aliens needed humanity's help with. That would have mades MUCH more interesting movie. Instead we're just left to wonder because like virtually all alien encounter films only the humans story gets too told.
I can't say much that hasn't already been said about this film but it was fantastic to see it unravel the way it did.
That being said i have one issue with the way it ended and that is the dick move from Louise to Ian. Why she didn't have the decency to tell Ian about it their child's impending illness until years later. It was his kid too. Either tell him from the start or don't tell him at all. Clearly he got mad and found out that she knew which means she told him at some time that she knew all along. Who does she think she is? A child is two people.
Also from another comment "Also, it can be considered selfish as she is viewing time differently; she is able to relive moments with her daughter when she pleases and experience the joy she brought her constantly. Ian will spend the rest of his life feeling the despair of his deceased child and unable to relive that joy." Exactly. Really bums me out but the movie wasn't bad.
Outside of that Amy Adams played an incredible lead in this film and hope she is able to continue getting the roles she deserves. During those flash scenes with her daughter it reminded me so much of my mother it hurt a bit, in a good way. I honestly want to know more but i understand a sequel would defeat the purpose of this film. It gives hope for humanity in some way but of course it would take an alien visit for any progress to happen haha.
I missed movies like this one
One of my favourites of this year. Amy is such a treat. Denis Villenueve once again hits it out of the park. Love the music and drive notes. Amazing aliens. Wicked cool writing by aliens.
This movie takes us to interesting places, exploring the barriers of language that meeting an alien race would pose, the geopolitical impact of the first contact with an extraterrestrial life, the mystery of... "Why are they here!?" but it sells itself short, going instead to a rushed third act with no REAL explanation whatsoever for why these creatures have come to the earth. This movie is amusing at times but very disappointing overall.
I don't understand why this is considered to be such a life-affirming movie. I just don't. I was bored most of the time, mildly intrigued sometimes, and downright confused how the end of the movie is supposed to be so special. Oy. Not a terrible movie. Just not a mind bending spectacular film the critics are calling it.
I was reading the short story collection by Ted Chiang that includes 'Story of Your Life', the story this film is based off of... and within the contents of book it was already my favourite. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was adapted into a film and given the Denis Villeneuve treatment.
I thought they did a wonderful job of adapting the story, but the short story goes a lot more in depth when explaining what is happening to Dr Banks. The only problem I had with the film is that they don't explain well enough the fact that once you understand Heptapod language, you realise there is no such thing as free will (which is why the Heptapod dies, they don't warn them to defuse the bomb, Dr Banks chooses to have a daughter anyway - there is no such thing as a choice). There is a moment of the short story in which she essentially becomes detached, seeing what the other guys say as if they were rehearsed lines. Would have been cool to see that.
Leaving the original material aside, the film is super effective and just looks stunning. I'm sure I will be rewatching it in the future.
It's essentially the "squidward teaches humans a special language" movie.
Whoever watched this expecting loads of action and weird alien stuff got disappointed, because this movie is 100% about humans their emotions and interactions, it was all I wanted in a movie and I'm so satisfied with it! A beautiful work and highly recommended if you like a movie about HUMANS not ALIENS.
Clouded potential. It was good, but not the typical sci-fi movie I was expecting. It was more along the lines of something like Contact or Interstellar, where there's some good meat for the sci-fi hungry, but is interspersed with the lead character's emotional past. In other words, it's been done before.
However, Arrival just didn't do it quite as well as the others, and tried to end it with one of those "uber-deep/strange" twist endings that almost seem like cheap way to end a movie when you run out of ideas. Instead, you're left with an ending that just leaves you hanging, and is probably supposed to seem clever. But instead, it left me thinking that they indeed couldn't come to a complete closure. So they said "And then this weird crap happened, and (insert emotional attempt here), THE END."
I gave this a rating of 6 purely because of the good acting, and the good, but not over-the-top special effects. My initial rating was a 5/10, but only because I hated the forced and unnecessary backgrounding. After some thought, I went with a 6 to be fair, but that was only after I got over the fact that this is just yet another movie that's been released before, mixed with a few similar movies, thrown in a blender and rebaked into a casserole of tired stories, and sprinkled with some new fresh actors to make it taste decent.
Cinematic masterpiece. I love everything about this movie.
Boring, confusing, incoherent and wants to be one of those "what if?" movies. Skip
Arrival is probably the most beautiful film of 2016. Denis Villeneuve continues to blow me away with his direction. He elevates a script that was already incredible with great locations, great cinematography and one of Amy Adams best performances yet.
One of the most baffling sci-fi movies I have seen in years. The complete opposite of Independence Day, this was a thought provoking though puzzling film with stellar performances from Adams and Renner. Don't go into this expecting the alien destruction of the White House (sorry Trump haters). For the patient viewer this is deep, rewarding science fiction.
The (mostly) faithful adaptation of the science fiction short story "The Story of Your Life' by Ted Chiang. The short story is absolutely fantastic, with an original premise and flawless execution. Therefore I had high hopes for the movie. And despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with the movie, there is also nothing great about it. It is a pretty conventional adaption. Because part of the charm of the story is not only the twist ending (which the movie keeps), but also the beautiful language which describes the time perspectives. And those were not kept in the movie. Thus, we were left with the visual medium trying to convey the poetry of words. Yes, visually stunning shots helps to do that, and the movie tries its best to be a stunning visual experience. But in this case the words themselves added immensely to the story. The movie starts with a voice-over narration. They should have done a lot more of that, quoting the short story language.
Villeneuve elevates Arrival's source material to the very zenith of great storytelling through excellent production design and an incredible, intensely-emotional plot, bolstered (and blessedly not sidelined by) the science-fiction concepts at its core. A must-watch, and my all-time-favourite.
Did she really at the end decide to have the child anyway, knowing about the deadly, untreatable disease? That seems like a pretty clear decision, why would you want to do that to your potential child? Unless I missed something, that seems morally very wrong.
Do you dislike feeling like you've been lied to, or shown seriously misleading information? Read this before you watch, so you can watch out for that: This movie contains unreliable time telling. Events that seems to be happening before or after other events, may actually not be.
First half was really good. Second half was the usual Hollywood stuff. Shame
Spectacular, thought provoking, intelligent sci-fi. Beautiful to look at and the sound design is fantastic.
Wow, what an amazing movie. The story is brilliant and thought-provoking. Amy Adams delivers a great performance and the soundtrack is just beautiful.
This is how a human alien interaction would be.
Still fantastic on rewatch. Crazy to think Denis Villeneuve did this then Blade Runner 2049 only a year later. He really knows hows to do sci-fi. One of my favorite directors working right now.
Es una historia perfecta, y la parte de ciencia ficción no es la más importante.
It’s good but very boring
This blew my mind. I expected just another alien invasion movie and got something to think about instead. The story has a bit of a slower starting pace but once you get in to it it just gets very interesting. The aliens are beautful and the ending is truly not what I expected at all, mind blowing stuff and very heartbreaking. One of the best alien movies.
I love that feeling when I can see that the movie is going to be at least a great experience just after the first 10 minutes. You can see right from the start that everything was thought through carefully, every shot so well made, the cast is good, the atmosphere, the lighting and sound are top-notch and the premise a mystery. Arrival takes its time but is never boring.
As far as I know this story is adapted from a book and although Villaneuve didn't invent any of the twists or how the story was structured, he did an amazing job adapting it to the screen.
Arrival is a must-see in the sci-fi genre and one of the best movies I have seen, ever. If you are looking for an action film about aliens invading Earth, then forget it. This is a serious movie and revolves around science and philosophy. You can't really turn your brain off and enjoy it, you have to think and pay attention because every second matters and contributes to the overall experience.
Sorry but this movie was a waste of time.
Arrival is an alien movie without alien as its central subject. It's more like a drama revolving its main character, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), on cracking the way we communicate and experience our life. It rests on Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language shapes the way our mind think. Utilizing this hypothesis, the movie build on a premise that gives us an interesting non-linear technique in presenting the story and reveal a surprising twist in the end while still manage to grasp the audience suspense (without awkwardly dumbing it down like many other movies with a twist).
However, as it is centered mostly on Louise, the people and setting around her feel rather bland and weak. Major supporting character Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), despite having long enough screen time, appear nothing more than a prop to Louise. Relationship between them come off as a bit janky and sudden near the end. A number of other supporting character, especially Shang (Tzi Ma), also feel like a shallow plot device to keep the story going.
Still a good one for the interesting premise, not the best one for the execution though.
Intelligent and purposefully directed, Arrival succeeds in its' ambitious themes despite sedate pacing and uneven characterization.
amy adams breathing loudly into her microphone the entire movie is super annoying. can't even concentrate on the movie
Finally back to having some time for movies, and Arrival has been waiting for me for a while now...
When it comes down to the technical this movie is a masterpiece. Plain and simple!! It looks gorgeous, the cinematography and editing were superb, and the sound is out of this world. If that had been all I cared about this would be an easy rating to set...
The story?!? Well...I got some issues with that.
SHAME ON YOU Denis Villeneuve!!!!!
I don't like to have my heartstrings pulled shamelessly from the first frame of a movie. It's a cheap trick, and it works for the ones doing it every damn time...and I hate that fact sooo bad.
Though...don't get me wrong. The story is actually rather good, it's just that it uses all the tricks in the books to make you feel something. I like to make up my own mind, and not getting things served on a platter. Especially feelings...
Anyway..the movie works...I suspect it does everything Villeneuve set out to do. The story in itself are interesting, and it got me thinking about what I would have done in that situation.
For many people, this movie will be a masterpiece...It will, however, not be high on my rewatch list.
On a side note...I REALLY want Dr.Banks house. What a gorgeous view...
Since interstellar I've been waiting for a movie that will blow my mind like it did. Simply amazing!
Sooo... well made movie, good acting (the white house people were a bit to dumb but who knows, it is not like I will ever witness that ;) and quality filming including fx. The ending was a bit odd though.... let's just say it felt like a thriller that deals with catching a serial killer and after 1.5 hours you see the end trailer and a voice narrates that they caught the guy. Done... what?
Terrible don't waste your time
An emotional, spine-tingling movie. Highly recommended.
amy addams every movie she starts in have an interesting story and this is one is no different.
You may find yourself waiting over 2 hours to something to happen... And that something, indeed, will never happen. It's questionable the whole plot, when the aliens do not do anything over the whole movie, and at the finale when you're expecting for a "massive" attack ends on nothing, so the overhelming suspense has no reason to be...
I appreciate the ride offered and was entertained by "Arrival" but if this came in any less competent package my rating would be much lower. Instead of relying on explosions as other Hollywood titles of this kind do were instead focusing on an outer space mystery while still not presenting "human characters"* which is something the story asked for (they're all just a backdrop to for our Mary Sue anyways). Tying into this does the world building which was questionable at best along with quite a few stupid people in charge.
*Might also mention the usage of Max Richter's "Nature of Daylight" here; it does not magically conjure emotional connections for your characters on screen and I would even go as far and say that it's not at all suitable as a complementary track (the use in the opening sequence was esp. awful imho).
This film could be 30minutes and finish...I just watched it because it was interesting how they described the alien and the language...after seing it the film was over... So dont waste time till the end, skip your player and watch every 10 minutes, and save your time...
Such a good movie.. bravo!
I loved it, I had not seen a movie so deep of mind for a long time! SPOILER >>>> !!!!!!! As expected in the future, it could not be otherwise... the "aliens" will save us from ourselves...;) As a call changed the course of some fatal events... WOW a 10.
Great movie but the dig at Australia over the aboriginals was very wrong to bring up...how dare they bring that into a scifi movie, nothing to do with the movie......so disrespectful to the Australian people....
de l'humanité pas de violence enfin un bon film
I was expecting an action thriller movie based on the trailer with a twist thrown in, but instead I got a drama thriller. When they said aliens I expected all out war and action not a slow suspense movie. It wasn't a bad movie just not what I was hoping for going into this science fiction thriller. A bit too slow at times but a very good script with good actors.
This movie requires thinking and I wanted more of turn off your brain kind of action. I'm simple I will admit that and I know what I felt like. Again this was a very good movie but not for everyone.
A spectacular movie. The acting, directing, and sound was all top notch.
this is by far the worst movie in a long time don't waste you time ..BORING
As much as I truly enjoyed this movie upon the first viewing, I think I need to watch it again and again to comprehend all that goes on, like Interstellar.
The soundtrack stuck out the most to me. The end scene's piece 'On the Nature of Daylight', was so beautiful and even outdid the visuals at conveying the emotion of the scene and what it is to be human. I also liked the touch of Cello throughout the movie, as it gives the sound of humanity.
Many people are thrilled of this movie so I was curious why. I went to the cinema, watched it and honestly I don't know what they are thrilled of :) For me it's just another sci-fi movie with nice legacy but we've already seen this in many different forms. The end is a little bit confusing because of time paradox but you just have to take it as it is. Don't think about it much or your head might explode :) If you like sci-fi go for it but do not expect any action in this movie, it's not about that. It's about legacy to mankind.
This was complete rubbish. I go to see all styles of movie's, comedy, horror, action, thriller, suspense. This wasn't any of them. If you go to see this, take a pillow. You'll get the best 2 hours sleep of your life.
this will be short..probably some will like it but this is no edge of your seat movie possible interesting storyline but not a movie I would recommend.. in my opinion BORING comes to mind
This is not a perfect movie. There are times where it seems a little lost in its own story, especially anything to do with time. Time travel is tricky AF, and this movie has issues with it as well.
All told, I really enjoyed it. I love the idea that time doesn't only run forward (thanks, physics), I love the idea that the way we view the world is influenced by our language (thanks, linguistics), and I love thoughtful sci-fi. It didn't blow my mind because I figured out the "twist" pretty early on, but it was well done enough that having that knowledge didn't ruin the movie for me.
I loved this. Taking an appropriately bleak view of how our current governments would approach this type of encounter. But shining a light on a more enlightened scientific and thoughtful approach. Also, Amy Adams is terrific as always.
It was okay. The premise was very interesting and I think that they had just focused on the building communication aspect, maybe a bit like Nell, I would have liked it more. I'm not sure the twist was necessary.
I've never seen straight actors struggle so hard to pretend to be into each other like Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in this movie.
Wonderfull story, wonderfull actors, no glamour effects. Just inimaginable!
Excelente película sobre emociones humanas.
Se tornou um dos meus filmes favoritos.
Devido aos temas abordados (não-linearidade do tempo, espaço, etc.), assemelha-se bastante ao Interestelar. Entre seus méritos, ao contrário de seu semelhante, possui um enredo que encaixa-se bem no tempo de filme e há um clímax principal que funciona muito bem, além de haver um entrelaçamento entre enredos que faz sentido.
Apesar de ser um filme sci-fi, aborda o tema da linguagem e a sua influência em nossa forma de pensar, um tema de humanas (?), o que foi uma "inovação" interessante.
Por fim, é um bom filme humano com um fundo sci-fi, ou seja, complementa Interestelar, não o contradiz. Perde no requisito científico, porém ganha facilmente na construção dos personagens (embora eles estejam fadados a muitos clichês) e do ritmo da trama.
Peaceful, beautiful & contemplative scifi featuring one of the finest performances in the genre by Amy Adams. Story starts out simple but adds depth & layers towards the end. Visually beautiful & with astounding music, it twists & turns, becoming surprisingly dark. Classic!
My rewiew about “Arrival”ENhttps://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/10/arrival-review-amy-adams-jeremy-renner-science-fictionhttps://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/arrival-2016https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarkehttps://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein Well, in the beginning I was deeply interested in this movie because I like linguistic thematics and clever sci-fy deeds, and, in my lonely opinion, it holds these two topics in a very bright manner. Nevertheless, the movie in itself didn’t impressed me, the development of the alien code didn’t received its real emphasis to me, and I was saddly expecting it, and the movie fell in some dumb platitudes such as that last conversation between the protagonist and the major Chinese general, I have my objections to simple-minded and careless sentences such as “let’s just preserve the global peace” because it didn’t fit in our contemporary reality. Although, it’s necessary to say that the movie’s initial ideia was just fantastic, and that its insight to put an reading-future hability in the alien code was breathless as well. Moreover, I just enjoyed that guardian’s rewiew about this movie, and the Arthur C Clark and Wittgenstein’s comantareis fited perfectly in this context, or don’t you agree that “there is just 2 possibilities in our world: We are alone in the universe or we are not, and both are, equally terrifieng”¿
Surprising plot, inspired direction, good acting (especially Amy Adams). A renewed vision of the first contact.
Another gem from Villeneuve.
I need to see it a second time, not so much because it happened to me on other occasions, I was tired, but because I need to rest it better. Surely end up figuring among the incontestable classics of this type of affairs, and I will not be the one to discuss it, but again, I have that pinch of relative dissatisfaction to embrace unconditionally. Still, it's very good.
Film barat berjudul “Arrival” ini merupakan film yang menceritakan tentang sebuah pesawat ruang angkasa misterius yang turun ke bumi. Kemudian untuk menginvestigasi pesawat ruang angkasa tersebut, dibentuk sebuah tim yang dipimpin oleh seorang dokter dan juga ahli bahasa, yaitu Dr. Louise Banks ( Amy Adams ) untuk menyelidikinya.
Dr. Louise Banks harus berpacu dengan waktu untuk mencari jawaban dan memecahkan misteri ruang angkasa tersebut yang juga bisa mengancam hidupnya serta seluruh kemanusiaan ini.
Loved it. Great story well delivered.
There was a lot that was good in this movie, but there were also some issues for me. The concept itself was very interesting. It's first contact from a linguistic perspective. It's the confusion, the hours of studying, learning, coordinating. This isn't action, it's about a process of growth and learning. So, overall it was very interesting, but there were two things that can be very frustrating. The first is that the plot jumps around a lot. At the end you begin to understand why and it all starts to come together, but that doesn't change the fact that about 3/4 of the movie feels very jumbled and disjointed. The second issue is that it is very slow. Now, I understand that in real life a process like this does months, and is very tedious and slow, but that doesn't make for a very enjoyable movie. With all the jumping around and downtime, it can feel boring at times. All that aside, Amy Adams does a great job and it's an interesting movie, but I just didn't love it. I liked it but didn't love it.
From my point of view the main message of this movie is how powerful and important language and time is.
man, i knew the general plot going in and the ending still hit me like a bag of bricks. i'm not crying there's just a tree branch in my eye. first this movie threw killer quotes at me like "if all i ever gave you was a hammer" "everything would be a nail", then it made me emotional about my own damn name.
the pacing and the atmosphere of the movie are something people are either going to love or hate. it's very much a movie about communication and thinking before acting, and the themes ring painfully true in today's global culture and political climate. so i think where you fall on the spectrum of opinions on national security, how countries ally themselves and what your own personal mentality is when it comes to fight-or-flight with the unknown will REALLY affect your perspective when you watch this film. the main stars were good—i love anything involving amy adams, to be fair—and i liked the stark contrast between the clinical approaches louise and ian took and their impulsive reactions and gut decisions. the supporting cast was believable to me; the impatience, ignorance and paranoia on the parts of the government and military. plus ian's skepticism that eventually bled into openness once he had what any cynical scientist wants—to see it to believe it. forrest played a convincing colonel who just wanted to deal with the threat like any other threat; i can't blame the man for not having the desire to sit through language acquisition with aliens time, language acquisition can be exhausting! but these were all things that felt real, and made it easy for me to connect with the characters. it lacks the action and thrilling suspense of some sci-fi movies, i'll admit, but from the very beginning it was clear that the movie wasn't trying for any of that. instead, it was poignant and surprisingly relatable for its genre. also there's nothing cooler in the universe than linguistics.
Throw great characters in a bowl with a strong and emotional plot and stellar editing (including a state of the art usage of the Kuleshov effect which sums up huge parts of the message in the beginning of the movie (w/o realising it @ the moment you see it)) and you will get Arrival, a science-fiction masterpiece!
Haters will hate, but I really liked this movie.It's nothing like Independence day or anything I've ever seen before.I really was surprised that the girl you see die in the beginning actually isn't born yet. That really messed with my mind!
la película es impresionantemente buena!
It wasn't bad, but kinda bored me, nothing much happened...
Arrival is a sci-fi film about aliens visiting the Earth that takes the high-road with the preconceptions. No laser blasts nor aggressive creatures bent on overthrowing mankind. As an ‘aliens have arrived’ films go this can only be seen as a good thing.
Add into this mix the main protagonist as an intelligent woman who only wants to solve the mystery of communicating with the ‘guests’ and you have something that could be labeled ‘adult science-fiction’. Louise Banks is a great leading character, she never resorts to violence and only uses her intelligence, experience and, dare I say, intuition to resolve seemingly insurmountable problems.
Juxtaposing this is the unfortunate US military who are once again tarred with the hot-head brush with an angry, violent, mistrusting group festering within them. Certainly, this is a giant cliche that I am guessing is added to give the audience something, and by extension Amy Adam’s character, to bounce off. It is a very old dramatic trick and in my opinion, weakens the movie. It is the 21st century do modern audiences still need melodramatic, potboiler, ploys to poke them in a certain direction? It would be brave if film-makers took a step back and decided not to have ‘baddies’ or angry characters the viewers can hiss and boo at.
It’s a minor quibble of mine and not really specifically aimed at Arrival in all honesty. Any cine-literate viewer will have seen these plot devices over and over again enough times to start to get weary of it all.
Notwithstanding the cliche Arrival has a fine cast with the always great Amy Adams, an actor I call a ‘Cornflake performer’ as in I would be happy to watch her eat a bowl of cornflakes – she would be great I’m sure.
Jeremy Renner is given the smaller role – it would have been the other way around a few years ago – with fewer lines and a much smaller but important part in the story. In all honesty he looks more comfortable in a what could be said to be as an ‘egghead’ than he does in his macho-tough-guy roles. Adams’ stellar efforts backed up by Renner are further supported by the great screen presences of Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlberg, who I initially mistook for Joaquin Phoenix.
The effects are great and look realistic enough to blend in seamlessly with the action and the creatures and their language do not disappoint. For me, and I’m well aware it probably is only me, I would have been happy with a tad more solving of the language as it seemed to go from ‘not really sure’ to ‘full on communication’ in a beat. Once again a minor quibble.
The major point of the story – I won’t give it away – was reasonably mysterious and actually well thought out enough to be slightly plausible and it was way into the running time before I cottoned onto what was happening. I see this as a major plus point for the makers, usually I can rapidly suss-out what is going to happen or why it is happening in a story. The weaker aspect, again without spoiling the direction of the story for those yet to see the film, is the resolution of the problems facing mankind near the end. The plot twists and turns itself into farcical knots that clearly unravel on closer examination.
Director Denis Villeneuve whips the whole thing along at a good pace, possibly too slow for some sci-fi fans, but to my mind, it has very little baggage and the look and feel are perfect – this bodes well for the sequel to Bladerunner, a film that has caused me no end of consternation. Being one of my favourtie films I’m not looking forward to a sequel never asked for tarnishing my happy experiences in the world of Roy Batty.
Arrival does have a massive elephant in the room though, it has been addressed by better reviewers than me, i.e. all of them, and that is the similarity in the story, tone, feel and even characterisation to the film version of Carl Sagan’s Contact. Add a dash of Interstellar jiggery-pokery and you have a distinct and even uneasy feeling of familiarity.
Arrival is an intellectually stimulating science-fiction movie rather than a CGI explosion fest about visitation from ‘aliens’ featuring a strong, resourceful, female lead. You never know that type of character could make a great Dr. Who. Just a thought…
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and CONTACT had a baby and they called it ARRIVAL. A quiet and gentle bit of sci-fi with a nonlinear romance and some tragedy thrown in for good measure, the only problem for me was that there was little in the way of chemistry between the leads. For that part of the story, at least, someone other than Adams would have been a better casting choice.
This is good movie, offering different view point!
Very nice movie with a good story line. finally a movie that is filmed in a different angle (not like indepence day or so) but to make really contact
Not as spectacular as I expected, but the new language and everything around it was cool :)
I know, China is the badass who always wants to fk the waorld up.
I know deeply.
Not great, but not at all bad... It thinks it's smarter than it actually is, but I found it quite predictable.
This movie was a false representation. They market this as an alien filled psi-fi fest- and it hardly delivers. Not sure if they were trying to put together a think piece- or try and make it seem like language studies are more important than they truly are.
There is hardly any alien, or military visuals in the film. Hardly any screen time with the martians- that isn't completely blurred.
You'll get about half way through this movie and think to yourself, "I know this isn't getting any better- but I'm already half way..."
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I love movies that make me think. "Arrival" is one of them.
Denis Villeneuve is becoming one of my favourite directors of his generation. Since "Prisoners" in 2013, he has been on fire with "Enemy" (2014) and last year with "Sicario".
Don't expect a typical alien movie like "Independece Day" or "Cloverfield".
If you know Villeneuve's work, expect a movie that in the end will leave you with several questions (which may only be answered with a second display).
Like is previous works, "Arrival" is a slow burn movie that pays off in the third act with a brutal ending where most of your questions throughout the movie will be answered.
Also, to highlight the performance of Amy Adams (she might get her sixth nomination for an Oscar) and the screenplay by Eric Heisserer.
Came in with low expectations but ended up really enjoying this one! Don't sit down and turn off brain 9/10
Uh - clever. Very clever.Not what I expected at all.