Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, “Arrival” is a science fiction drama that poses the question, how would different nations react to suddenly being
confronted by an alien race?
When twelve giant spacecraft enter into earth’s atmosphere and hover above seemingly random locations across the globe, each of the effected countries set
about trying to contact the alien spacecraft’s crew.
The American Governments response team, led US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), recruits the help of linguistics expert Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams),
her job is to decipher a coded language used by the aliens. Helping her in her task is military scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner).
As Banks and Donnelly race to communicate with the visitors, others in the team consider the prospect that the aliens are here for more sinister reasons.
This suspicion is further ramped up when the Russian and Chinese Governments’ break off communication with the other ten countries.
“Arrival” is a deliberately slow paced thriller that ranks up the tension the longer that it goes on.
Adam’s gives a wonderful performance as scientist Dr Louise Banks, a woman who as well as dealing with a global issue has to also deal with her own private
grief , the recent untimely death of her young daughter.
Anyone going expecting a sci-fi action film is going to be sorely disappointed as “Arrival” owes more to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” than it does
to the likes of “Independence Day”.
If you’re looking for a film with a great story with some fantastic performances then “Arrival” is not to be missed.