Movie Review: Arrival

‘Arrival’ is an intelligent, multi-layered scifi that makes one of my top 5 films for 2016.

Superbly directed by Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario’, ‘Prisoners’), the scifi setting runs in parallel to a thoughtful commentary on love, memory and the nature of human suffering.


Villeneuve is currently in post-production for the upcoming ‘Bladerunner 2049’ – set 30 years after the original – and starring Ryan Gosling.


In a confident and stirring performance, Amy Adams shines as Louise – a talented yet haunted linguist brought in to make first contact with an alien race.


With stunning cinematography by Bradford Young (‘Selma’, ‘A Most Violent Year’), the film has a visual lushness that ties the emotional and visual aspects together – and I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen.


Although ‘Arrival’ is truly Louise’s story, Adams is well-supported by a great ensemble cast that includes science geek Ian (Jeremy Renner) and get-er-done Colonel Weber (Forest Whittaker).


Whittaker’s attempt to maintain military control over a ‘world gone mad’ feels very relatable and timely in the current US political climate.


One of the most distinctive elements of ‘Arrival’ is the moving, melodic soundtrack from Icelandic composer Johann Johannson (‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Sicario’, ‘Prisoners’).

Similar to other contemplative films in the scifi genre such as ‘Gravity’, ‘The Martian’ and ‘Interstellar’, ‘Arrival’ has created a sense of flow between it’s elements that serve the story – rather than individually clashing for the audience’s attention.

I’m thrilled by this new scifi trend coming out of Hollywood and look forward to Villeneuve’s 2017 ‘Bladerunner 2049’.

So do yourself a favour and don’t miss this one!

Currently playing theatres and you can check out the official trailer here:


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