Film Review: Arrival (2016)


It’s a huge relief to finally watch a decent alien contact movie with no cities destroyed or a war of species; Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a mind opening experience that you’ll leave the theatre with amusement. Any movie expert knows that a great movie should always make the viewer think about it after it’s done and Arrival just did that easily.

Arrival is an adaptation of Ted Chiang’s novel “Story of Your Life”; 12 UFOs land on Earth in different areas and the military recruits a linguist and a physicist to translate the alien communications. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. Villeneuve is previously known for one of the best French speaking films Incendies (2010), Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015).

If you’ve watched one of Denis Villeneuve’s previous films, and I strongly recommend you do, you’d know that he’s a real artist. Villeneuve can easily play the audience as if he’s playing an instrument; he makes you believe one theory throughout the movie and in the end, in a blink of an eye, he changes everything you believed in a simply beautiful twist that’ll leave you in a shock. It’s Villeneuve’s trademark but he changes it in every movie in a really professional way.

The cast of the movie holds 2 Oscar nominees and an Oscar winner; Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker are 3 of the most talented actors in Hollywood. Amy Adams gave a once in a lifetime performance, simple yet powerful, that will earn her the 6th Oscar nomination. Simplicity is always the best when it comes to acting and although this film is a high budget one; the actors kept it really simple that when you watch the movie you just feel that this is right.

Arrival is a strong contender in this Oscars season from directing, writing, cinematography and original score. It’s a real mind opening film; it’s accurate and thought provoking, keeps your mind working throughout the whole film. Arrival is a typical masterpiece from Denis Villeneuve.

Arrival is in cinemas now and it’s a must watch film. You’ll enjoy every single minute of it and you won’t regret it. Arrival is a definite 5/5 film and it made number 97 on IMDB’s top 250 movies of all time.

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