Zane (Charlie Sheen), a young, mild-mannered astronomer discovers an extraterrestrial radio signal. After being fired from his organization for reporting this to his superior, he takes a chance on discovering the truth: that his workplace is not quite what it seems to be and a sinister conspiracy is at work. The aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Zane from learning it.Written by
This movie and Independence Day (1996) both deal with hostile aliens from another world, and both came out in theaters in 1996. Twenty years later, Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Arrival (2016) were released, although the latter has no connection with The Arrival (1996) beyond a similar title and dealings with extraterrestrials. See more »
(at around 34 mins) Lindsay Crouse is informed about increases of several greenhouse trace gases, but the presentation shown is adding percentages of different gases to make a total sum of the per cent increase. Though the calculation is mathematically correct, it makes no sense, since it mixes different gases. See more »
It is not as bad as some writes in their reviews. Charlie Sheen is not a super great actor, and never has been, but he pulls it off good enough. The other actors are not bad either. Sometimes the script feels weak, but most of the time it's OK. I really enjoyed it and I'm glad that I went against the reviews and gave it a chance although I hesitated at first.
It's not as good as Contact, but not that far away. Give it a chance if you like Contact and other sci-fi flicks of that kind. I've seen a lot of worse movies with higher score than this one, that's for sure. It's not Alien, but it's not species-bad either.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this