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Arrival (2016)

Overview

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
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5.0

INCLUVIE SCORE

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 4.5

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Incluvie Movie Critiques


Chrissy Saul
March 17, 2021
5.0
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4.5
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Science fiction doesn’t have to be about action, alien contact doesn’t have to involve combat, and women don’t have to kick ass to be badass. Arrival takes a cerebral approach to a first-contact narrative, delving into questions of geopolitics, linguistics, and the very nature of cognition. Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louisa Banks, a renowned and lonely linguist who takes on the daunting task of communicating with aliens who arrive on Earth for unknown reasons. Louisa stands her ground amid a group of men predisposed to see the aliens as a threat. She calmly but firmly advocates for the value of communication over preemptive aggression, which is a refreshing contrast to the militaristic and colonialist tenor of many first-contact films. In addition to representing women in science, Louisa represents a field of so-called soft science. The social sciences are underappreciated in real life and underexplored in science fiction. Arrival also stands out for its non-linear storytelling and psychological complexity. The film delves deep into Louisa’s psyche, exploring the growing anxiety and turmoil that lies beneath her collected exterior. Adams was the perfect choice for this role, and Arrival’s brilliantly executed plot twist hinges on her performance. Her subtle and heartwrenching performance makes sense both before and after the game-changing reveal—no easy feat. I came away from Arrival feeling emotionally devastated, intellectually stimulated, and cautiously hopeful all at once. My only complaint is that the screenplay, while brilliantly structured, could have used some revisions to fix its clunky dialogue.

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Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

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Genre:Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Directed By:Denis Villeneuve
Written By:Eric Heisserer
In Theaters:11/11/2016
Box Office:$203,388,186
Runtime:116 minutes
Studio:FilmNation Entertainment, Lava Bear Films, Reliance Entertainment, Xenolinguistics, 21 Laps Entertainment

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