A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
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
In the early scene where Col. Weber visits Louise in her school office, he mentions she still has another two years in her SSBI which stands for Single Scope Background Investigation, a type of US security clearance investigation required for TOP SECRET-level Controlled Access Programs. It involves running background checks of the subject's employment, education, organization affiliations and any local agency in places where they have lived, worked, traveled or attended school, including interviews with persons who know the subject both personally and professionally. Once granted, Top Secret clearance is good for five years, after which another SSBI must be conducted for renewal. Presumably, Louise's SSBI was first conducted by Army Intelligence before she was allowed to translate their recordings of Iranian insurgents speaking in Farsi. See more »
Early in the film when Louise is watching news on the laptop in her office, one of the news broadcasts reports that the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo, and Firearms (ATF) has "put a temporary ban on new gun licenses, forcing many independent suppliers...to close their doors to the public". The ATF is a federal agency, but there is no such thing as federal firearms licensing for gun purchases as of the release of this film. The ATF issues licenses for the sale of firearms, but a ban on new licenses would have no impact on existing, licensed dealers. See more »
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.
[coddling her baby girl]
Okay. Okay. Come back to me. Come back to me. Come back to me.
[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!
You want me to chase you? You better run!
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Denis Villeneuve's daughter, Salomé Villeneuve, is listed as "Hazmat Suit Specialist". See more »
I saw this last night at the opening of the Mill Valley film Festival. Arrival is unlike any movie I've ever seen. It's about love, loss, tolerance, language and non-linear time, wrapped in a science fiction story about our first encounter with extraterrestrials.
Under director Denis Villeneuve's masterful direction, Arrival takes its time to unfold, but it gradually gets under your skin and commands your attention. The last half hour was one of the most emotional experiences I've had at the movies in a long time. There aren't many movies these days that I would call required viewing, but this is one of them. And Amy Adams is Oscar-worthy in the lead role. In fact, Arrival could also win Oscars for original score, sound, direction and Best Picture.
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