The Arrival

The Arrival

David Twohy (1996)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Although not in the same league as Independence Day or The X-Files, director David Twohy skilfully reworks a number of science-fiction clichés (as well as ideas from his Waterworld and The Fugitive scripts) to deliver a highly polished entry in the alien-invasion sweepstakes. Charlie Sheen plays an astronomer who goes on the run after he discovers an extraterrestrial conspiracy to change the Earth's climate and prepare it for colonisation. He faces stylish computer-generated effects at every turn, but still emerges as the winner in this pleasing, if low-key, B-movie.


A radio astronomer discovers a signal transmitting to Earth and resolves to discover its source. Travelling to Mexico, he unwittingly uncovers an alien conspiracy to take over the planet and finds his own life in danger. Sci-fi thriller, starring Charlie Sheen, Ron Silver, Lindsay Crouse and Teri Polo.

Cast & Crew

Zane Ziminski Charlie Sheen
Gordian Ron Silver
Ilana Green Lindsay Crouse
Char Teri Polo
Calvin Richard Schiff
Kiki Tony T Johnson
Director David Twohy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD