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I loved this movie more than I thought I would. For some weird reason, I've often understood movies based on non-linear time better than normal ones, and this had plenty of that. I had a pretty good understanding of the storyline the first time I watched it, but I would recommend watching twice anyways just so you can get all the details. As an important disclaimer, this is not an action movie, so if that's what you're looking for, I highly recommend Battle: Los Angeles. This movie is meant to invoke thought and understanding and give a new perspective to life and the world as we know it, as the ways of these visitors are about as alien (pardon the pun) to humanity as you can find in any movie. It highlights the importance of language and understanding to, or between, civilizations in a way I've never considered. For any other hardcore Star Trek fans out there who would like an idea of what they're getting into, this is kind of like the Darmok episode of Next Gen, combined with parts of the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine.
As a linguist, I absolutely loved this movie! I read the book this movie was based on, "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, right after watching the movie and found the book amazing as well. The first 40 minutes of "Arrival" are slow indeed, but the ending when everything comes together is so profound that it is beautiful.
This alien-contact movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and focuses on human-alien communication and it's challenges and explores the experience of non-linear time.
The aliens are Abbott and Costello. You'd be better off watching the original Abbott and Costello. Even with fast forwarding I couldn't watch this drivel. Sheena Easton had a hit song in each of the sites where the aliens landed?? Come on! The movie is putting us on. If there really are aliens out there, they're going to pass us by for more intelligent life.
This is a very good movie. Those who want an action movie with guns and explosions, then move on. This is a brain twister, not a Marvel movie. Anyone who gives this a bad rating because there was no action, does not understand the deeper concept.
I loved how this story came together. Great acting as well. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
A viscerally engaging sci fi movie. It stays grounded and has many interesting twists.
Science fiction has never been my cup of tea. For a reason I can't remember, I decided to watch this one and was absolutely blown away. It's the kind of experience that leaves you motionless at the end, making you question and re-evaluate and wonder. The plot centers on communicating with aliens, but it's really all about true human 'being' in the world and connection with others that transcends borders (which I think is what good science fiction is supposed to be). It went from a movie I always passed over to one of my all-time favorites in 116 minutes.
Like the new look for the aliens, kinda like "Thing" from the Addams Family. Kept waiting for something to happen but it's two hours of humans trying to talk to aliens and that's pretty much it. Boring, Boring, Boring!
I was dubious that a worthwhile film could be made out of Ted Chiang's rather cerebral short story, "The Story of Your Life," but this is one of the rare films which does justice to its written inspiration. That being said, though, I do wonder how well a viewer not familiar with the story could follow the plot. Part political suspense and part decryption puzzle, Arrival follows a team of people struggling to learn the language of aliens who have just arrived (hence the title) on Earth. In the end, though, the viewer discovers that the tale has been about fate and family all along.
I wanted so much to enjoy this movie. Gave up after 30 minutes. There are so many dark scenes which have dark scenes within them with more dark scenes. Wasn't going to sit through 2 hours with nothing to see.
Another "ETs give a lesson in humanity" story similar to 'Interstellar' or 'Contact.' I hoped to like this film more, but couldn't excuse its flaws. The plot is so disjointed and diffuse, it would've been more fitting for the aliens' final message to be a big question mark.... ???
Yet another worthless "aliens-arrive-on-earth" movie that is so bad that it put me to sleep.
Movie was intriguing the first two thirds of the movie, but fell apart after that. Unsatisfying weak ending. I do like the acting of Amy Adams, however, no matter what movie she is in.
This movie is too good for a simple review. It's taken from Cheng's "Story of Your Life," which is such an awesome sci-fi concept. Although for some the idea may not be new, the way it's being used is rather innovative and novel. The characters are fantastic as well, and I like how they focused on language.
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Many people looking for an action film or aliens vs humans will not find this movie to be worth their time. This is one of the first films in the 21st century that has little to no violence whatsoever. With that being said, many people will not like it for that reason. It's almost like a better version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
The flash forward/backward scenes kinda threw me off. But I like the cast of this film. Might watch it again to catch stuff I might have missed.
Geez, can we NOT post comments that give away the originality and twist of the ending??
Don't bother. I did not get the hype around this movie. There was a Chinese market supplement added like in Iron Man and other films. It is an interesting concept explored and the twist too. This would have been interesting if done in the 80's with an 80's music montage where they unlock the puzzle of the language.
Intriguing use of flash forwards rather then flash backs -- not easy to follow at first. But, at the end, it comes together and makes sense. This is the type of movie that you need to see more than once to better appreciate it. Highly recommend.
This was a very thought provoking movie. Once you realize that the flashbacks are actually flashes into the future, you see the real story is not about the aliens but about the power of love. A very clever way to explore the power of love.