When 12 mysterious spaceships landed all across the world, linguistics' Professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the US Military in helping them to engage a conversation with the aliens. Together with theoretical physicist Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), they try to break the language barrier to find out the real motives of their visit to our planet. Can they solve the puzzle on time or will the aliens start a war that will jeopardize the existence of the human-kind?
Arrival has a different take for an alien invasion. It doesn't involve laser blasters or human abduction at any point. But, what makes the film stand out is on how Director Denis Villeneuve brings a lot of depth in the picture in which you need to sit firmly and watch closely to understand every detail. After his previous projects, Villeneuve creates another mind-boggling mystery that will send you crashing back down when the twists are revealed.
There is so much to be admired in Arrival but not everyone can easily appreciate the whole essence of the film. It has dull moments and moves in a slow pace. Some might be confused and some might need a second or third viewing to understand the film more and get the message of the story. It has a larger narrative to explore but in a span of two-hours the film successfully sends its message across.
One of the strongest assets of the film is its main stars. Amy Adams is the center piece of the whole thing, and she basically obliged with her role and delivered an astonishing performance. She is just pretty solid throughout and responded well with her equally talented supporting cast. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also performed well giving Amy Adams an additional lift and fire power to this Academy Award Best Picture Nominee.
Overall, Arrival is an intriguing and a complicated film that definitely needs recognition. It has a satisfying twist at the end that may catch you off guard, but it surely does caps off a convincing conclusion to this sci-fi classic.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures PH
Opens February 15 in cinemas nationwide