8.0/10
396,307
1,353 user 660 critic

Arrival (2016)

Trailer
1:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $12.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

When twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay by), (based on the story "Story of Your Life" written by)
Popularity
83 ( 5)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 243 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Martian (2015)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Sicario (2015)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
Interstellar (2014)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
La La Land I (2016)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
The Revenant (2015)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
Deadpool (2016)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.

Director: Tim Miller
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Rogue One (2016)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Passengers I (2016)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Gravity (2013)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
8-Year-Old-Hannah
...
12-Year-Old-Hannah
...
6-Year-Old-Hannah
Frank Schorpion ...
Dr. Kettler
...
Private Lasky
Christian Jadah ...
Private Combs
Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld ...
CNAC Anchor
...
Environmental Tech
...
Environmental Tech
Edit

Storyline

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Why are they here?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Story of Your Life  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,000,000 (USA) (11 November 2016)

Gross:

$100,546,139 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The shots inside the university (in class and when she walks through a cafeteria) were filmed at HEC Montréal University, at the Decelles building. See more »

Goofs

Louise uses a satellite phone indoors. Satellite phones need either a direct line of sight to the satellites, or an external antenna. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Louise Banks: [narrating] I used to think this was the beginning of your story. Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order.
Dr. Louise Banks: [coddling her baby girl] Okay. Okay. Come back to me. Come back to me. Come back to me.
Dr. Louise Banks: [later playing with her in the yard] Stick 'em up! Are you the sheriff in this here town? These are my tickle guns, and I'm gonna getcha!
6-Year-Old-Hannah: No!
Dr. Louise Banks: You want me to chase you? You better run!
6-Year-Old-Hannah: [giggling and scampering]
See more »

Crazy Credits

After credits have finished, there is a short documentary on the making of Arrival. See more »


Soundtracks

On the Nature of Daylight
Written and Performed by Max Richter
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Departure (from the cinema)
22 July 2017 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

I just watched the original "Alien" movie, which was made in 1979. Incredible. And then this botched remake of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". And then I had to take in the stellar reviews here on IMDb. Wow.

Where did it all go wrong? When was the collective decision made that movies are great just because they have an uplifting message? "Arrival" starts with an interesting premise, twelve spaceships suddenly appear all over the globe, and in the USA a linguist is dispatched to communicate with the aliens. And they always take along a canary bird for some reason. OK, that's great so far. I guess the big payoff is that the aliens look like octopi buuuuuuuuuut they have only seven legs and are caring-sharing-karma-believing hippies who want to help us out so that we will help them out in, like, three millenia. By talking in whalesong.

All over the world, the greatest minds are trying to establish some sort of understanding with the spacefreaks, but then Amy Adams, or the scientist she's playing, has the wonderful idea to write down the sentence "Hi, I'm Amy" on a piece of paper, and the aliens are like: Wow, we traveled over hundred of lightyears, and wanted to communicate with you in writing, but we wanted YOU to initiate it. And now you did! Let me throw some circles at you! And Amy's like: Oh finally, CIRCLES! Why, that's so much easier to decode than the whalesong you did before, let me draw some scientificy-looking vectors, and there! I've solved it! And by the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis I can now look into the future! And that totally explains all the weird flashbacks throughout the movie! But most of all: OMG, the protagonist is a woman scientist! I still have to see one convincing, let alone great movie, by Denis Villeneuve. The critics may love you, Denis. But they don't pay for their movie tickets.


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?