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Arrival (2016)

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In theaters November 11.

A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.



(screenplay), (based on the short story "Story of Your Life" written by)
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Credited cast:
Colonel Weber
Agent Halpern
Captain Marks
General Shang
Hannah (8 yrs. old)
Newscaster 1
Gala Guest
Chinese Scientist
Cryptographer #1
Environmental Tech
Hannah (12 yrs. old)
Deputy Director of the CIA Dan Ryder
Chinese Scientist


When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Story of Your Life  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The spaceship on the poster is a perfect replica of the norwegian candy 'lakrisbåt' (liquorice boat). See more »


On The Nature Of Daylight
Written by Max Richter
Performed by Max Richter & The Max Richter Ensemble
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Stars Align, Enthralling and Memorable
22 October 2016 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

Alien spacecraft suddenly appear and hover menacingly over twelve locations around the world. A team near a spaceship in Montana composed of the U.S. military, scientists, other experts and, of course, ever helpful politicians, attempts to determine what the aliens want. Linguistics expert Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is part of the Montana team. It soon becomes apparent that the aliens are an extremely advanced culture and that they have a message for humanity. Whether that message is hostile or friendly, or can even be understood, is a matter of debate among countries and individuals. One loose cannon could bring an end to humanity.

Villeneuve is one of my favorite directors. His film Incendies, one of the best I have ever seen, is a hard hitting and masterful piece on the tension between hate and empathy, force and choice, control and liberty. In Arrival, Villeneuve applies his signature style to the genre of science fiction.

Arrival challenges the notion that advances in technology are always better than the fundamentals. This enthralling and potent film combines star power with amazing graphics, a gripping story, wonderful themes, a memorable conclusion, intriguing sound, compelling dialogue and of course a great director. All the stars align. There are fantastic twists and turns and, as always with Villeneuve, our perceptions are altered. In watching Arrival it is helpful to have an open mind and to suspend beliefs. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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