Yeah, that just happened
Classic Elsternwick - Saturday 12 November 2016, 2:40pm
Running time: 116m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes and coarse language)
Release date: 10/11/16
Rating: 8.5/10 (ME 5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Giant black ‘shells’ have appeared at various points around the world. It appears to be an alien threat, but with no way on communicating with the inhabitants it’s hard to tell. Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) brings in linguist Louise (Amy Adams) and astrophysicist Ian (Jeremy Renner) to try and make contact with the mysterious visitors. In the quest to discover if they’re friends or foes, Louise and Ian will discover a greater understanding about themselves and the world.
At first this seems like reminiscent of Independence Day, but Arrival is a science fiction film with a strong story that is firmly based in humanity. The special effects are flawless and the action sequences have a lovely pace to them, but it’s the originality of the story and the strength of the performances that give this film heart and soul. Amy Adams is captivating on screen, and the non-linear nature of the story (no spoilers here) allow her to demonstrate her range as an actor. There are some corny moments here, but it all comes together well (with a great takeaway message) though it does require some careful concentration as the threads begin to fall into place. Recommended.
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