Arrival is sorta science fiction but in a good way (in my opinion). It’s more about human emotions and is a thinking type movie. Let’s just say I came out saying, “Wow, hmm.”. My husband came out saying, “Hmm, what just happened? Oh, okay, I get it now.” He was a tad confused but then okay with the movie. I liked it more than him, that’s for sure. I won’t give away the punchline, but there is a timing question to the movie, a certain sequence and order. Keep that in mind and you’ll enjoy it more.
Twelve alien objects arrive – they hover close to the ground and do not appear to be threatening. BUT…what do they want? Linguist Louise Banks (played by the superb Amy Adams) is called upon to try to “talk” to these aliens. Do they have a language? What are they seeking? Jeremy Renner plays her partner, a physicist, and Forest Whitaker is the military colonel in charge of the operation. Each approach the “problem” with a different viewpoint, and that’s what makes the movie interesting and very viable to today.
Approach in peace? Or assume the worst and prepare for war? That’s the dilemma for today’s world. Naturally Amy’s character has the right touch. She gets out of her space suit and communicates hands on with the beings – inkblot looking creatures. Are they advanced or primitive? I won’t give away more but this movie is excellent on so many levels. In this day of instant reaction and eagerness to battle, Arrival asks for patience –a worthy trait to consider.
Communication is key…..don’t be hasty. Oh, if only the world would listen and appreciate this story. Go see it and ponder life, time, and what would you do “if”……