11-29-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: ARRIVAL (2016)
It’s about time I got around to reviewing one of the best, and by “best” I mean thought provoking science fiction films I’ve seen in years; Arrival. Set to direct the new Bladerunner sequel in 2017, director Denis Villeneuve –whose other pictures include last years’ DEA takedown of the Mexican drug-cartel film Sicario, brings us a tale of an accomplished linguist, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who’s handed the assignment of interpreting the meaning of signs and communication from a group of extra-terrestrials, termed “heptapods” by the United States military, after one of twelve of their spacecraft’s unexpectedly appears inside earth’s atmosphere one fall evening. Distinguished physicist Ian Donnelly, a solid Jeremy Renner, joins Professor Banks in helping her try to make sense of it all. Villenueve really sets his picture up nicely with just the right amount of character depth, drawing the audience member in from the very beginning only to throw an unexpected curveball at the end. Unlike past films from this genre, that eventually turn into horror stories in order to spook audiences, Arrival stays true to form and relies heavily on pace and its creative writing in order to keep viewers on the hook.
Arrival is one film you won’t want to miss in theaters. I give Arrival 3 out of 4 Stars.