Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre(s): Science Fiction/Drama
Rated: PG-13 (For brief strong language)
In fact, the more I think about “Arrival” myself the more I realize how little this has to do with aliens and UFO’s in the first place. This is about life, choices, and knowing about things you might be better off not knowing. I must tread lightly when expanding on that while I close this review. In fact, since I risk too much in talking about that aspect, I will discuss the science fiction moments, which is what the movie is selling itself on. I do believe that fans of this genre will certainly love what “Arrival” has brought to the genre. There isn’t as much action as some might be expecting (or wanting), but some of the greatest science fiction films ever made were about ideas and the unknown. They explored possibilities. They were used to examining the human condition by (ironically) making the humans watching the movie look at themselves from the outside in. In these regards “Arrival” has the potential to take a place next to the great science fiction films like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.” It also, I’ll end by saying, may take its place as one of the great dramas of the year.
Parents, with the exception of one use of the f-word this could have been a G rated film. Seriously. Recommended for ages 12 and up.