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
When Banks and Donnelly are arriving at the Montana site, they are shown traveling in a CH-47 Chinook, a tandem rotor helicopter. However, as they are circling for landing, the shadow of their helicopter only has one rotor.
Actually, the CH-47 Chinook seen in those shots is a different helicopter landing at the base as the same time they are and seen from their point of view. The helicopter they are traveling in has one rotor. 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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Right after the cast credits, "On the Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter is given an extra credit as the "Beginning and end music" in addition to the usual soundtrack credit near the end of the credit roll. See more »
I just caught this movie on Hulu. I must admit I don't recall this movie's theatrical release. But when I saw the high rating on IMDB and Rotten tomatoes I thought I would give it a try.
While I do agree with other users that the pace was slow for a movie about aliens, I learned the pace was intentional in order to deliver a poignant, original and thought-provoking film. Like others, I shook my head in disbelief when Amy Adams pulled out a white board, wrote her name and tapped on her chest to make first contact with the Aliens. I thought, "oh no" please don't tell me your doing the "me Tarzan, you Jane" thing. I also read reviews about plot holes. Now, I don't approach movies with the emotion of a wooden stump and methodically dissect their logic. If you do, then maybe heed the warnings of others in your camp. For me, that's where the faults of this movie ends, and the rewards of experiencing this film are far greater.
I like films that surprise me, that make me care about the characters and provide a journey. And that doesn't happen that often. Many movies today are so unoriginal. But "Arrival" aims to be different. Based on a short story "Story of Your Life" by American writer Ted Chiang, director Denis Villeneuve and the rest of the filmmaking team managed to present a poignant, original film unlike any other that I have seen in the science fiction genre.
In the end, this isn't a movie about an alien invasion. You'll be disappointed if you expect Will Smith to pop out of an aircraft and knockout an alien with his fist. It's a movie about the human experience and explores such themes as interpersonal communication, life, loss and unconditional love.
I had to give this movie it's high score because it deserved it. But also because it definitely does not deserve an extremely low score of 1, 2 or 3. Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Green Lantern deserve low scores of 1, 2 or 3. This is a much watch for anyone who likes films that make you scratch your head and wonder in utter amazement.
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