- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Writer: Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang
- Cast Included: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker,
When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Arrival was surprising, mind-blowing, intriguing and fascinating.
I am usually not interested in watching movies with this sort of subject – by which I simply mean ‘the arrival of aliens’. It is an overused theme and the outcome of these movies often end up with the aliens attacking the humans and/or vice versa. However, this movie focused on the work of translating – or to be more precise, on the work of translating an alien language into English. As a student in a Translation course, I was intrigued by this new idea.
In the beginning of the movie there’s a rather interesting quote on time that actually explains quite a bit after you’ve watched this movie. It’s mind-blowing as I’ve mentioned earlier – nothings is what it seems. The fact that this movie wasn’t at all predictable was one of the reasons I found it so enjoyable. Another thing was very interesting was the way they chose to make the aliens’ language…. and I found it even more interesting in the end of the movie when all was ‘explained’, so to speak.
The earth governments were very well portrayed – by which I mean, they continuously debated whether to destroy/attack these ships and never communicated with each other very openly until the very end. How predictable of them.
I didn’t like the ending that much, though. It wasn’t satisfying. I just thought there were would be something more…. but I have to admit I enjoyed watching this movie more than I anticipated.