Half way through alien arrival movie Arrival (2016) there’s a fuzzy sense of plot which keeps you wondering about what is going on to extraterrestrial linguist Louise (Amy Adams). With the military backing her she’s trying to decipher the intent of aliens as twelve alien shells cause panic all over the world. Yet flashbacks seem to be Louise having a breakdown, or is stress fatigue, or she is really having meaningful, significant memories about her daughter.
Maybe she is going through something else, perhaps psychic phenomena giving her a sixth sense.
As everything in Arrival comes out in the wash, the resolution is meaningful. Does knowing what will happen to someone you love, whose death is impending, matter as much as celebrating the life itself?
Yes, Arrival is all rather mysteriously good.
No swearing, sex or violence, but there is psychic phenomenon and the presence of aliens which may put some viewers off. As a film, I don’t recommend it for fans of action science fiction because Arrival may be too slow—except this slow burn is very suspenseful. I found the film riveting and all very interesting.
However, on second thoughts, the drawn out, fascinating, edge of your seat communication process between human and alien—where the humans aim to find out alien intentions—is spoiled by making it obvious. The subtitles explain what the aliens are saying and reveals why the aliens are on earth, but they could have made it subtle. Though subtitles might have been necessary for story clarity.
However, that is overlooked in a terrific film.
Year: 2016, DVD release date: 14 February 2017 (North America)
My response: Better one. Experience positive, virtue positive.