Movie Review – ARRIVAL

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Dennis Villenueve
Grade: 4 out of 5
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker.
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Once again, another movie where Amy Adams is taking to the front lines for Earth’s first contact with an alien race, only now the visitor isn’t a handsome Henry Cavill from Krypton. This time she gets to greet characters a bit more mysterious.
Jeremy Renner co-stars, who along with Adams, is snatched up by the military when these visitors from another planet bring their hulking spaceships to various locations around the globe. He’s a theoretical physicist, she’s a linguist and they’re recruited by Forest Whitaker to try and decipher and communicate with these Alien beings aboard their ship as it hovers above the ground in Montana.
As they try to open up a dialog, the world is getting closer and closer to viewing these ships and their aliens as a potential threat. Renner and Adams must try to learn the purpose of the Aliens’ visit, before our planet goes to war.
Now, I will say this is a slow, quiet drama and not like the wham bang action films that usually comes with this type of set up. This film had me thinking about it way after I had finished watching it, and I kept on mulling it over. It works on a couple of different levels and will probably require another viewing from me. To talk anymore about the plot would give away the beauty of its slow paced unfolding. This really is a great script.
The acting here is also fantastic from everyone involved, the score is haunting and beautiful, and the directing here is quite powerful, even within its very subtle moments. This is honestly a movie that gets slightly more intriguing to me the more and more I think about it.
Like “Memento”, “Usual Suspects”, and especially “Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind”, it may require multiple viewings to grasp all of the story elements at play here. Now, I’m not saying that it’s as good as all those classic films, but it definitely belongs in that “ambitious filmmaking” conversation. I’m looking forward to another viewing of this and now I’m really excited to see Villeneuve’s take on the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel.
-“Marquee Mark” Markellus

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