this has been re-titled as 'arrival' with a release date set for november 11, 2016.
does anyone remember the original name this movie had?
A fairly pedestrian tale of first contact wrapped around an idea that is bound to spawn debates, discussions and headaches for years to come.
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?!?
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.
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.
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 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.
Excellent sci-fi movie that requires an active brain to enjoy it... But I still wanted to know more about Portuguese! D:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aliens who come and talk to them is difficult , it is okay is different from others, quiet
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 idkeven if you are not into scifi this movie will not disappoint you and dont expect something cheesily convoluted and pretentious like interstellarnothis movie is actually as straightforward as it can get... considering its such an epic and complicated storymovie that will stay with you
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
Película de las que no te deja indiferente, o gusta mucho o nada.Yo estoy entre los primeros.
this is by far the worst movie in a long time don't waste you time ..BORING
I think was ok. They put an effort to make it interesting. When comes to alien design, most movies fails anyway. Squids? Oh well.
A spectacular movie. The acting, directing, and sound was all top notch.
Denis would you marry me please ?
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.
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... ;-)
Well this was a masterpiece!
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.
Execellent movei with good actors
de l'humanité pas de violence enfin un bon 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.
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....
Arrival is everything Interstellar tried to be : mind blowing, smart and one of the best Sci Fi in our recent history.
"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.
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
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
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.
Such a good movie.. bravo!
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.
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.
If you expect an action SF it's totally not
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.
Boring, confusing, incoherent and wants to be one of those "what if?" movies. Skip
A reflection on today's world where communication is easily misinterpreted and used as a tool to divide humanity.
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...
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.
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.
Was very disappointed in this film.
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.
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).
WOOOOB WOOB WOB WOOOOOOB and the rest of the movie is just like that.
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...
amy addams every movie she starts in have an interesting story and this is one is no different.
It's a beautiful movie, keeps you watching, expecting answers... but I didn't followed it. Maybe I'll need to watch again :P
An emotional, spine-tingling movie. Highly recommended.
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.
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).
First Kodi movie watcehd and it was good.
Cinematic masterpiece. I love everything about this movie.
Now that's a proper introduction
I missed movies like this one
Bold enough to let your brain do the heavy lifting. Quiet, brooding, hopeful and wondrous.
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..!
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
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.
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…
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
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!
Best Sci-Fi movie since Interstellar.
So if the aliens don't comprehend the passage of time, how could they know that the crisis will happen after 3000 years?
Fantastic Science fiction. Didn't go where I was expecting it to, but I guess that's it's purpose.
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.
Terrible don't waste your time
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.
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?
"In war, there are no winners, only widows."
[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.
This movie omg destroyed me in a good way. I mean the message, all of it. And Hannah.
I couldn't stop thinking about this one and may not for awhile. "Arrival" is one of the best Sci-Fi films I've seen in this year. Everything about this film was just top notch that I can't put into words without going all over.
So let put it like this:
Amy Adams was wonderful in this. A very grounded and real performance. Probably her best. Same thing that can said about Jeremy Renner.
And how the aliens were part of the story was fascinating and quite clever. Without spoiling anything, they had a unique look to them. Like spiders. Although out the film, you feel their presence. A presence that's both scary and yet remarkable.
Denis Villeneuve is my favorite working director. He can release a movie every year and still be close of making a masterpiece. Villeneuve delivers a haunting and heartbreaking story that leaves the audience with a experience that will stay with them. A beautiful, thought-provoking, Sci-Fi film that isn't an action or war movie. And I'm even more excited to see "Blade Runner 2049".
And how can I forgot the amazing score, astonishing cinematography, intelligent script, and the tearjerker ending that left me in pieces.
I honestly can't say anything else. Please do yourself a favor and watch it. For now, I'm dumbfounded.
One of the Best movies in 2016.
Since interstellar I've been waiting for a movie that will blow my mind like it did. Simply amazing!
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best of 2016, Just Outsanding.
Really interesting story and plot-twist, but I'm rating it a 8.5 for lack of closure concerning certain aspects. Loved it though!
Uh - clever. Very clever.Not what I expected at all.
Came in with low expectations but ended up really enjoying this one! Don't sit down and turn off brain 9/10