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Arrival Review


Arrival Review

Olivia DeCrane

Arrival may not be on the top of everyone’s list of must-see movies this month, with Moana and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them storming the box offices, but it certainly should be.

This science-fiction film has a new, refreshing approach to the question, “What would happen if aliens landed on Earth?”

After 12 extraterrestrial pods land on various places on Earth, Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), a linguist, is contacted.

She, along with Ian Donnelly (played by Jeremy Renner), a physicist, attempt to communicate with the aliens and figure out why they have come to Earth.

As someone who plans to enter the workforce with a career somehow relating to foreign languages, the concept of Arrival captivated me.

However, I was a bit reluctant to see the film, because I’ve found that many sci-fi movies can be a bit frightening or violent.

Arrival was a very pleasant surprise.

The fear and anxiety the audience feels when they are about to watch the characters enter the pod and see the aliens is exhilarating, not terrifying.

The exhilaration does not leave either. As the story progresses, more and more things are revealed as Banks comes closer to communicating with the aliens and knowing their purpose.

The film may not be violent, but it is certainly still action-packed.

The complexity of the aliens’ language is incredible, and it is truly interesting to see how Banks learns the intricacies of the language.

And, having a strong, intelligent woman as the main character is a plus for me.

Amy Adams’ performance was spectacular, and her character is very believable. Like any human being, she has moments where she struggles and does not believe in herself.

The same goes for Jeremy Renner.

His character is a scientist, and rather than being fearful or suspicious of the aliens like most of the population, he’s excited and eager to learn about them.

The antagonists of the film were also believable. For example, some characters wanted to attack the aliens, as they were afraid and did not know what the aliens were capable of doing.

Having a giant, floating black pod land in the middle of nowhere isn’t exactly normal event, after all. Their fears were not unfounded.

One complaint about the movie is that at times, the music was a bit strange, and it was hard to tell if it was sound coming from the aliens or just sound effects from the music.

Still, Arrival is certainly a movie you walk out of and can’t stop talking about with your friends.

The revelation that audience members reach towards the end of the film is a great conversation piece, and it certainly helps to put the film onto Best Science-Fiction Film lists.

Whether you like science-fiction movies or not, this is certainly still a movie to see, especially on the big-screen.