“Language is the first tool to use in combat…”
Arrival is as much about language as it is a war between humans and aliens. Before you are quick to dismiss it as being another “us and them sci-fi” just remember that communication is the barrier to peace in our world.
Soon the world as we know it spirals into chaos and panic when it learns that there are 12 of these football shaped objects spread across the globe.
Amy Adams (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice) stars as the lead linguist assigned by the military to decipher the mysterious symbols that these creatures showcase. Jeremy Renner (Captain America: Civil War) is the physicist who crunches the numbers that work in tandem with Adams’ discovery. What begins as art vs science culminates into the deep expressions that humanity uses to communicate ideas beyond space and time.
Standing in the way of their quest to unlock the secretive message are political tensions between the superpowers of the world (although this does include a cringey scene with the Australians)!
Crossing between flashforwards to the future and rising political and military tension, soon the aliens “offer a weapon,” and the dynamic duo must scramble to halt pressure to carry out an all arms war.
Subject to a few plot points, this film based on an original story by award winnng author, Ted Chiang will leave you guessing right up until the very end. Adams’ conviction is truly believable.
Verdict: Arrival takes flight and lands with precision. ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰