Hitting the theaters this weekend is the highly anticipated film (for myself at least!), Arrival. I’ve been waiting for this film to be released in theaters since it received high praises during it’s showing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time nor luck to view the film during TIFF, so when I heard it was released November 11th in theaters, I was going to be first in line to watch! Amy Adams is an angel who delivers such strong, powerful and impactful performances so I wasn’t expecting any less for this sci-fi drama. As she’s paired with another favourite actor of mine, Jeremy Renner to lead this film, that contributed to another factor for my excitement.
If you’d like to learn a little more about Arrival before giving it a try …..
Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when humongous spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
*** Will contain spoilers. For those who do not want to be spoiled before the film, please come back afterwards! ***
For those who watched the trailer, it looks like an amazing sci-fi film, correct? But Arrival digs a lot deeper than just being a sci-fi film. It revolves and talks in depth on the human connection.
With a great cast, great director and ultimately a great script… the end product turned out to be an exceptional masterpiece.The film combined great story-telling (which I loved!) with a well balanced plot throughout the film which built up excitement and tons of questions. It wasn’t until near the last quarter of the movie when the film started to make more sense, questions started to slowly answer and relevance of each piece fit together like a puzzle. The film leads you through a thought provoking journey with a twist you don’t see coming.
The film casts Amy Adams as prominent linguistics professor Louise Banks, who is called upon to find a way to communicate with the aliens inhabiting a group of strange spaceships that suddenly appeared in the sky at twelve various points around Earth. She’s joined by a theoretical physics expert, Ian (Jeremy Renner), and a senior military official (Forest Whitaker), who supervises their interaction with the extraterrestrial visitors.Together, they attempt to solve one crucial question: What is your purpose on Earth?
Louise and Ian go through multiple and various sessions with these hectapods as they’ve been named based on their legs and structure, in order to communicate and obtain the necessary information. It’s a beautiful cycle watching Louise and Ian trying to communicate with the foreign species and proves how critical and intelligent human communication can be. The visuals of the communication between Louise and the hectapods were stunning, mesmerizing and overall beautiful.
The only portion of the film I felt could have slightly improved was the beginning as it was a bit slow in the development and movement. The process could have been sped up a bit, reducing the film time from 2hrs to 1hr 45 mins or so.
In the end, if you’re looking for a hardcore sci-fi film, you might be disappointed…. but if you’re looking for a deep, intense and emotional film with sci-fi elements, then you’d enjoy this as well! It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it turned out to be enjoyed and created thought provoking ideas and questions. The film will leave you thinking deep on the plot, the process, and much more.
If you knew what was to happen in the future, would you change anything?