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Arrival 2016

this has been re-titled as 'arrival' with a release date set for november 11, 2016.

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does anyone remember the original name this movie had?

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A fairly pedestrian tale of first contact wrapped around an idea that is bound to spawn debates, discussions and headaches for years to come.

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I'm eagrly waiting for a great, thoughful sci-fi movie. Please tell me this one isn't just a dumb sci-fi action film, not to say pure dogsh*t like Indep day... anyone?!?

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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.

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Shout by stormsm
2016-11-12T07:42:24Z— updated 2017-02-03T16:52:04Z

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.

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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.

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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.

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Excellent sci-fi movie that requires an active brain to enjoy it... But I still wanted to know more about Portuguese! D:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shout by ltcomdata
2016-11-21T01:18:42Z— updated 2017-03-13T01:24:37Z

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.

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Strange, intriguing and well acted. Just expect a film that's mostly about communication with aliens as well as life and love. Arrival is moving and I appreciate it for what it was. Even if it didn't exactly blow me away.

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Um dos melhores sci-fi que vi em muito tempo. Suspense, drama, mistério. Fiquei vidrado, praticamente sem piscar durante todo o filme. 10/10 com certeza.

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Aliens who come and talk to them is difficult , it is okay is different from others, quiet

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shout by d2dyno
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2016-12-02T22:59:19Z— updated 2016-12-05T14:54:12Z

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.

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Arrival was beautifully made and very on point for how the general world would react to any alien activity.

Some Highlights (In my mind):
-Use of something that sounded like a theremin to give that otherwordly feel to the world.
-Extreme Linguistics
-Aliens went viral (Of course they did, abduct me please)

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best movie since matrix everything works... acting storytelling cinematography music (oh the music...)
please ignore @jared and others that dont understand this movie... they are almost like all those people not getting cloud atlas and thinking its something about reincarnation... at least thats my sentiment toward them idk
even if you are not into scifi this movie will not disappoint you and dont expect something cheesily convoluted and pretentious like interstellar
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this movie is actually as straightforward as it can get... considering its such an epic and complicated story
movie that will stay with you

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This was a combination of "Contact" and "Close Encounters from the Third Kind", i just saw it and i'm still not sure of what to say. It was a more philosophical approach and try. Some of them didn't make sense but i think it was a nice effort. The whole reveal worked out a bit ok

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Película de las que no te deja indiferente, o gusta mucho o nada.
Yo estoy entre los primeros.

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this is by far the worst movie in a long time don't waste you time ..BORING

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I think was ok. They put an effort to make it interesting. When comes to alien design, most movies fails anyway. Squids? Oh well.

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A spectacular movie. The acting, directing, and sound was all top notch.

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Denis would you marry me please ?

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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.

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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... ;-)

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Well this was a masterpiece!

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One of those films that comes along all too rarely nowadays, that wants to let a story slowly unfold and leaves the viewer thinking about things from a slightly different perspective.

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Execellent movei with good actors

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de l'humanité pas de violence enfin un bon film

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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.

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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....

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Arrival is everything Interstellar tried to be : mind blowing, smart and one of the best Sci Fi in our recent history.

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"You wanna make a baby?"... One of the worst lines of dialog I've ever heard. Better suited for a season of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

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Offer review. Could it be bad, could it be good? We will never know. Or do we already know? I need some rest. While I rest, watch the movie!! Its great! But you already knew that

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This movie was a huge let down. But i already knew that it was bad. You knew it to. Wanna make a baby? An octopus baby

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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.

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Such a good movie.. bravo!

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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.

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What I thought this movie is: Humans address fear through violence. Turns out they can be talked down with reason, or in this case the main's clairvoyance apparently . I like this movie. Not full of action, but it'll keep you looking forward towards the end.

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If you expect an action SF it's totally not

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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.

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Boring, confusing, incoherent and wants to be one of those "what if?" movies. Skip

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A reflection on today's world where communication is easily misinterpreted and used as a tool to divide humanity.

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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...

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This was a brilliant film, with a lot in common with Close Encounters and Contact - not an action scifi popcorn flick by any measure. It is intelligent and considered, and thanks to its original script/story it employs some unique concepts and challenges.
The acting and dialogue is far from perfect and the characters don't always behave in a rational manner or engage the viewer as they ought. Despite these issues it's a memorable journey.

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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.

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Was very disappointed in this film.

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It's a non-action sci-fi movie but it's a good movie. I didn´t read the books but I just think Ian Donnelly could have more scenes and more character development. It felt like the story was only about Louise, the daughter and the aliens, but Ian was the father! He is the good guy and the movie ended with Ian being the bad guy, abandoning his daughter and his wife in the future. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching it.

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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).

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WOOOOB WOOB WOB WOOOOOOB and the rest of the movie is just like that.

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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...

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amy addams every movie she starts in have an interesting story and this is one is no different.

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It's a beautiful movie, keeps you watching, expecting answers... but I didn't followed it. Maybe I'll need to watch again :P

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An emotional, spine-tingling movie. Highly recommended.

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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.

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Gratamente sorprendido, me esperaba otra patochada de invasión extraterrestre con muchos tiros, explosiones y destrucción, pero el argumento fantástico y creo ( salvando el símil ) que es lo más parecido que podría pasar si alguna vez somos visitados por una especie extraterrestre. Argumento inteligente, intrigante y no falto de emoción, como no , con los chinos siempre de por medio. ( Sígueme en Twitter @Lexord para estar al corriente de mis comentarios).

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First Kodi movie watcehd and it was good.

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Cinematic masterpiece. I love everything about this movie.

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Now that's a proper introduction

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I missed movies like this one

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Bold enough to let your brain do the heavy lifting. Quiet, brooding, hopeful and wondrous.

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Shout by Abdelilah
2017-02-07T22:55:51Z— updated 2017-04-05T17:25:29Z

I managed to watch the whole thing even if it's like listening to someone who is too lazy to tell the story..
acting and time paradoxes bothered me but not as much as this line at the end “Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and welcome every moment of it.”
I don't understand how can she say that.. after knowing that her child will get cancer..! she didn't just know! she kinda experienced the whole thing..!

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Thinking persons scifi flick...no getting to da choppa...no game over man game over...and definitly no goin out there with them things runnin around lol but a solid entertaining well acted flick...no replay value though...the best scifi flicks have replay value...they mostly have replay value....mostly

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Decent movie. One time watch. Very good concept, but what's missing is a gripping storyline. Felt at some parts that the pace of movie was very slow.

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I was really positively surprised by this movie. I mostly expected it to be yet another SciFi movie with action and war and stuff but there's a huge twist. A really great plot twist distinguishing it from all the other alien encounter movies out there.
I'm really surprised that Arrival is not nominated for an Academy Award, when La La Land is…

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What a fantastic movie! I was hoping for a less dramatic/action packed take on the 'first encounter' and that is exactly what I got. Such thought provoking and emotional messages throughout. I honestly was a little lost for words towards the end, definitely not a movie you can watch in the background you need to savour and enjoy every moment so you don't get confused.

Sure there were questionable moments, and a few times the characters actions were questionable but nothing's perfect. I will definitely be watching again, and recommending to family and friends. Amy Adams puts up a stellar performance

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I really didnt expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I was smitten.
From the first seconds, Arrival, pulls you in with the soft voice of Dr. Loiuse (Amy Addams) Dr. Loiuse's thoughts and experiences makes you think about time , choices and who you really are. This movie not only makes you think , but also makes you calm down and relax. In our fast paced life this movie guide you to take a moment and just breath.
I think the choice of cast was spot on. The cast is made of well known and good actors and actresses. They complimented the movie even futher.
The cinematography is astonishing and I really hope this movie wins the Academy Award for best picture , because what i saw was beautiful and tranquil!

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Best Sci-Fi movie since Interstellar.

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So if the aliens don't comprehend the passage of time, how could they know that the crisis will happen after 3000 years?

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Fantastic Science fiction. Didn't go where I was expecting it to, but I guess that's it's purpose.

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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.

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Terrible don't waste your time

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The movie is good but not great. It started out with a good idea and intriguing plot. The attempt to give the movie a deeper spiritual aspect was a bit awkward, like someone that tells you a ghost story without believing in ghosts at all. all in all the movie was enjoyable but not something that resonates for long.

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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?

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"In war, there are no winners, only widows."

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This movie omg destroyed me in a good way. I mean the message, all of it. And Hannah.

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One of the Best movies in 2016.

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Since interstellar I've been waiting for a movie that will blow my mind like it did. Simply amazing!

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I absolutely love this movie, now i've heard some people say they didn't love it cause you didn't see enough aliens and stuff..but i wonder if they really watched the movie. This movie is so cleverly done that you have to pay attention the whole time, and when the end comes I hope you've paid attention and that you'll be blown away like I was. This movie was put together so cleverly that it will rank among the greatest of all time...remember when you 1st saw the 6th sense? well be prepared cause this will blow you away too...if you don't get my comment then i'm sorry you prolly didn't get the whole movie

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I don't know if it just my "render", but movie seems to have quite low contrast, that kinda fit overall feeling, so maybe it is intentional.

Audio issue where when you set up volume to hear dialog other noises are just extensively loud (ie. helicopter) is present, but it is not as bad as in action movies.

Otherwise nice movie.

Tought, considering audio bullshit, i should give 1/10.

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Watching the movie a second time (knowing everything that is going to happen but enjoying it immensely) is the right way to do it thematically.

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well that shit was kind of depressing. doesn't feel like a film about aliens though, even though it's promoted as one. the moral is that life fucking sucks. i kangaroo anything else.

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Smart, refreshing & artistically beautiful. However, there were quite a few things that didn't make sense and quite a few things I wish were elaborated or concluded better.

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Best of 2016, Just Outsanding.

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Shout by Alex Coman
2017-03-05T16:07:04Z— updated 2017-03-10T12:49:17Z

Really interesting story and plot-twist, but I'm rating it a 8.5 for lack of closure concerning certain aspects. Loved it though!

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Uh - clever. Very clever.
Not what I expected at all.

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Came in with low expectations but ended up really enjoying this one! Don't sit down and turn off brain 9/10

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