Arrival (2016) review


Dr. Louise Banks: If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?

Just rented this movie from the Google Play Store, great movie!

The cinematography is great. And the spaceships remind me of the mother ship in Homeworld. 🙂


Staring  Amy Adams (who’s also in Nocturnal Animals) and Jeremy Renner it tells the story of how the world reacts to 12 space ships appearing on Earth. In particular it focuses on the American reaction to the one on their soil, in Montana. And even more specifically on the expert linguist that the American military uses to communicate with the aliens, Louise Banks (who is played by Amy Adams).

I feel there’s some political statements being made by the reaction of some of the American soldiers and also by the Chinese general towards the aliens.

It hits home for me in a few key areas.

*WARNING Spoilers*

  • language and the importance of precise communications,
  • the concept of prescience or deja vu,
  • the loss a child,
  • how fear can (almost) lead to catastrophic consequences, and
  • violins that play in the last scene (real tear-jerker!).

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Ultimately the movie ends on an optimistic, though bittersweet, note. Humanity its worse impulses and lives to help another sentient race.

Go rent it now!