Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic 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.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
Rated PG-13 for brief Strong Language
Runtime: 1 hr. 56 min.
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a shining example of how to do heady science fiction with strong emotional depth. It recalls classics like Close Encounters with the Third Kind, 2001 and Contact. Villeneuve’s film is a measured affair that demands your attention from start to finish with an impressive payoff that rewards you. Amy Adams has never been better or more subdued. Her performance carries the entire film and gives the film its bitter sweet heart. Jeremy Renner provides a nice counterbalance to Adams. Forest Whitaker is a tab wasted in a thankless role. Arrival is a sure to join the upper echelon of science fictions films and marks another excellent film from Denis Villeneuve.