Arrival (2016)

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A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. (IMDb)

The “communication” thematic perspective is refreshingly down-to-earth (nailed it) for an alien flick, but a mid-movie voiceover somewhat mars its thoughtful slow pace, its human-human angle feels a little forced, and the rash rebel interruption is unfounded, not to mention cliche. Small flaws aside, this remains a smart and exquisite-looking sci-fi with a memorable final act, as the bits of Louise’s emotional backstory are masterfully eased into the forefront, unraveling a stunning twist.

8.2/10

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3 thoughts on “Arrival (2016)

  1. So glad to see that you enjoyed this one! This is my favorite film of the year so far. It’s creative sci-fi that is still deeply-rooted in humanity and emotion. I loved every second. Denis Villeneuve can do no wrong!

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    1. my favourite of the year so far too (though that probably means more for you than for me- i’ve still watched under 10 2016 films!). a few little flaws that hindered it a bit for me, but i simply loved the way it wove together the aspects of science fiction and of human emotion. it nailed that part, for sure.

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