Arrival Review: Not Your Typical Sci-Fi Film
Arrival Brief Synopsis; 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.
Arrival Is Not Your Typical Sci-Fi Film
Being a huge fan of the Sci-Fi genre, I was very excited to go see this film and there is generally very little to be really disappointed about and here’s why;
Amy Adams nailed her role. Arguably one of her best performances to-date. I wouldn’t go far as to call it an Oscar worthy performance but definitely nomination worthy.
Forest Whitaker was AMAZING in this film. I mean as far as supporting roles go, his performance is up there in the top 5 I’ve seen in 2015/2016. It was that good. Not that it should come as a surprise.
A less conventional approach to a mainstream Hollywood idea
The notion about alien invasions was executed perfectly and wow, this film has amazing visuals.
I mean you can clearly see that Denis Villeneuve took his time in post-production and my Lord the man has an eye for visuals.
Not to give away too much but that one scene when we are first introduced to the Extra terrestrial life with that long wide shot encompassing the entire ship and the general landscape, simply breathtaking.
The whole idea of alien invasions feels very cliché but Denis manages to deliver something that feels refreshingly different.
This film focused on the diplomatic side rather than having explosions every which was as deemed fit with other alien invasion films.
In fact, this is one of the few Sci-fi films that does not have A SINGLE EXPLOSION scene. But rather, this film chooses to focus on character development over the former and it paid off.
Jeremy Renner gave a decent performance but his character has to be the most misplaced in this film.
His character (Ian) simply follows Amy’s (Louise) around contributing nothing to the development of the plot.
Throughout the whole film, his face simply seems to spell out – “Look at me, I’m Hawkeye from the Avengers and I can do other things too.” In fact, one can completely strip his character arc from this film and it will go on perfectly.
It Takes it’s time
It is rather slow paced (which was a GOOD THING) but for folks who love movies that pick up quickly with very little explanation, I would not recommend this film.
This film takes it’s time to explain what’s going on. I mean like really explain it and that third act revelation just blew my mind, very few films still do that.
All in all, this film demands attention so as to come to grips with all the arcs so it wouldn’t be a good pick for the Casual movie goer.
It is not in 3D
This was the saddest thing of the entire film. I mean all those stuning visuals and no 3D to experience that magnificence? What a waste.
All in all, this was a visually stunning and very entertaining film. A 4.6/5 for me.
I highly recommend you go see it
Emmron is an Urban Design student, freelance writer for Newslibre a Game, Film, Music, Science, Technology and Automotive enthusiast.