I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Arrival (2016) Review

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Dr. Louise Banks a top linguist is recruited by the military after the arrival of Aliens on Earth. She must attempt to communicate with them, understanding their language and getting them to understand ours.

Across the world one day 12 pods arrive and along with it a lot of mystery and obvious panic as people are well pretty much scared. Louise ends up being a big hope for the US camp in breaking down the language barrier in an attempt to find out exactly why they have landed on Earth. What purpose do they have? Everyone just assumes they are going to attack and well kill everything. Teamed up with a top scientist Ian Donnelly, they must work together using language and scientific theory to really try and crack the code used in their language.

The thing with a Sci-Fi alien invasion film is that we have seen quite a lot over the years and involving space. Something this film does so brilliantly has to be that initial meeting with the aliens. With Louise hyperventilating as she is heading inside the pod, surely that is how must people would really feel at that very moment. Terrified for what you are about to see considering she had already heard the noises they were making. It puts the audience in the same situation and you find yourself holding your breathe as you see them for the first time. Not going to spoil how they look or anything like that as it would take away the mystery which is build up so well.

I will admit that it doesn’t really take too long to see them. The film really does fly over as it is combined with the alien meetings and Louise having flashbacks from different stages of her life. We are reminded throughout that time might just be different in different places and forms. That really is something that sets this film apart, it makes you think about your memories and if you can actually remember everything in the “correct” order. Something that probably isn’t always possible.

It was good to see the different approaches the 12 countries were taking towards the aliens and pods arriving. As surely that would happen, when they should be working together people getting spooked and going it alone. Sometimes all it takes is one moment to sort something like that out. I actually thought I had a full understanding of the film and everything sorted out in my head until the final quarter when everything is flipped well upside down and inside out. That was a good thing though as the film actually made the point the story was making, hope that makes sense! If you have seen the film already I am sure you will understand what I mean.

It has good performances and really does make you think and wonder about well everything in your life. Not something that every film can manage to do, this one really does do it in such a thought provoking and unique way. It had me awake for a while last night trying to get everything straight in my head about this one, I will leave you trying to understand even more! Language is key!

22 responses

  1. Fine review of a brilliant film. One of the best I have seen all year.

    November 17, 2016 at 8:47 am

    • Caz

      I have a feeling it’s going to be in my head for a while yet!

      November 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

  2. Martin: Through the Silver Screen

    This one got me thinking long after I left the cinema, a really thought provoking and very well made film with a brilliant performance by Adams!

    November 17, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • Caz

      Yeah it really is going to stay with me for a while thinking about well everything!

      November 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

  3. Great review Caz! This one is threatening to become my favourite of the whole year. I spent all night last night rethinking every little detail! Love it!
    – Allie

    November 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    • Caz

      It really was something turned into something else.

      November 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

  4. A thought-provoking movie for a change – how refreshing!
    If any genre shld make u think it’s SF; here is my Review:
    https://bradscribe.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/arrival-the-bradscribe-review/
    Cheers!

    November 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

  5. I am looking forward to that one it is coming soon to France. Nice review.

    November 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

    • Caz

      I’ll check for your review!

      November 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  6. Excellent review for an excellent movie! It literally brought me to tears (very unexpectedly) by the end of the film. Maybe I was just a little emotional to begin with, but it was so beautiful!

    November 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • Caz

      I can understand what you mean with that, the film went a totally different way to what I was expecting.

      November 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

  7. Ben

    I loved this movie. Your are right about the way it makes you think. Also great to have an alien movie that isn’t necessarily about the action or “invasion” at all.

    November 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah and fighting and loads of deat at its core. Very interesting.

      November 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm

  8. It is coming in France the 3rd of December. Thanks for the nice review.

    November 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

  9. gibra9948

    Great review. I saw this at the LFF and I have to say that I still don’t know what to make of it. I had very mixed feelings after seeing it. My initial reaction was being rather underwhelmed and that was due to the change in tone during the second half. I had the same feeling after watching Interstellar.

    I thought the first half of Arrival was very good with a fine performance from Amy Adams and I was disappointed how the remainder of the film developed. I seem to be in a minority with my views and I have to admit that I can’t understand everybody raving over it. I think I’ve been spoilt by so many epic sci fi movies like 2001, Close Encounters and Contact.
    Maybe if I watched it again!…

    November 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    • Caz

      I thought I had it all figured out and spot on until the final quarter changed well everything. I don’t get the massive hype around it but I did find myself enjoying it. My previous cinema trips had not been fantastic though, so maybe my expectations were slightly lower!

      November 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

  10. I found this movie so refreshing for how it didn’t take the ridiculous route. Instead, it made you think.

    November 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah it wasn’t exactly what it first seemed and what you expect with a film involving aliens!

      November 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      • Which is why I loved it so much. I reviewed it if you want to see my thoughts on it.

        November 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        • Caz

          I’ll check it out🙂

          November 20, 2016 at 4:02 pm

          • Thank you Caz.

            November 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

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