Arrival

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve (2016)

116min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
At the beginning of this chilly sci-fi drama, 12 alien spacecraft appear in various countries around the world. Why are they here? What do they want? In order to answer these questions, the American military recruits Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a renowned linguistics professor who has done some translating for them in the past. Teamed with a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner), she is asked to decipher the strange language that the aliens use. As she gets to work, the story unfolds in a gradual, unhurried manner, building towards a game-changing development that might be hard to swallow for some viewers. For the most part, though, Arrival is a grounded, impressively crafted film that makes you feel as though you are right there with the characters. It's no action-drenched Independence Day, but if you like cerebral sci-fi movies that are driven by ideas, you're in for a treat.

Summary

The world is thrown into uproar when 12 alien spaceships arrive at locations around the globe. As tensions rise between nations and fear of the arrivals grows, a recently bereaved linguist is recruited by the US army to find a way to communicate with the aliens and discover why they have come. Sci-fi drama, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

Cast & Crew

Dr Louise Banks Amy Adams
Ian Donnelly Jeremy Renner
Colonel Weber Forest Whitaker
Agent Halpern Michael Stuhlbarg
Captain Marks Mark O'Brien
General Shang Ma Tzi
Director Denis Villeneuve
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2016
Drama