By Denis Villeneuve

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2016-11-11
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 56min
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 224 nominations.
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
316,658 Ratings

Arrival Description

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert translator Louise Banks (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams) – races against time to decipher their intent. As tensions mount between fearful governments, Banks discovers the aliens’ true purpose and, to avert global war, takes a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Oscar® nominee Jeremy Renner and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker co-star in this mesmerizing masterpiece with a mind-blowing ending.
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks - is 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.
Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Moving to the big city to chase your dreams is a classic American story. And every year, thousands of fresh-faced young men and women abandon their small town roots in favor of the uncertainty and chaos of urban life. DEAD ON ARRIVAL follows naïve newcomers who quickly learn that the city streets are not only teeming with excitement and opportunity, but also riddled with crime and violence. Caught in the hustle of city living, these innocent young adults are set on a dangerous trajectory the moment they set foot in a new city-they are DEAD ON ARRIVAL - unfortunate victims of their own ambitions and dreams.

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Arrival Movie Reviews

  • It’s OK

    I found the overall vision a little colorless (literally) and technically contrived (for example, I’d have imagined the first thing any scientist would’ve wanted immediately was all of the data sets from each of the twelve international site teams, in order to establish pattern, etc., versus simply going it alone and anew; another example, I’d imagine that initial establishment of in person interspecies communication would be very sensitive, enough so that bringing along a chirping songbird would be immediately thought potentially confusing in this first even attempt at extraterrestrial dialogue, how about something quiet like a mouse if you’re really worried about testing environment and for some reason can’t trust your technology for that.) And I really disliked the bits about Russia and China as the most aggressive; if I had to pick which of the Earth’s nations which shoot first ask questions later, it wouldn’t be either of those. That said I did really enjoy the thoughtful intellectual musings made explicit near the end of the film, but wished the film maker had made that stuff more explicitly part of the storytelling from the start, it was the best part.
  • Top Movie

    At first, I was very distant to the movie, but then it showed itself to be a masterpiece!
  • It's Really Not That Smart

    Boxford S. Thompson
    It's not the glacial pace of this movie that bothers me, or the moral grand-standing, or the fact that there aren't 5 consecutive minutes without Amy Adams tearing up at something, it's the fact that it puts on all the pretenses of depth and profundity, then skips over the actual substance. They go from understanding nothing of the alien language, to suddenly extracting meaning from otherwise meaningless blobs. The interesting part would've been to see an actual way of building that understanding. Instead, they just skip ahead. I hate movies that get so much credit for doing so little.
  • Boring-

    If it has a deeper meaning, I admit that I didn't get it. Or at least it didn't need two hours to tell. I am sure I am not alone!
  • Unexpected

    I really liked this movie, for the fact that it's not so much a story about the aliens, but how we all react to a first contact. I liked the unexpected approach to the story, with its main twist and the way we get to know the characters. It leaves a lot of area to let the audience sit back afterwards and think, "What would I do in her place?" without leaving the ending open. We know what she did, but can then wonder about how we would handle that kind of situation. The aliens were very well done, wonderfully strange and scary, but more and more relatable as the plotline, and our communication with them, progresses. Very well done.

    This has to yo go down as one of the worst movies I have ever seen. A complete borefest from start to finish. Had to rewind a few times due to the fact I fell asleep. Glad I only rented it. Lets hope if it ever happens, the species may be a little more engaging.
  • Don't be fooled by any low ratings.

    This was really really good. However, it's a moody slow movie, building up to an emotional ending. And that's what I think is throwing people off because it's also an alien movie and perhaps they're expecting Independence Day, I don't know. I felt like the build up was just right, leaving me invested in the characters' outcome. It's mind bendy and time bendy, you have been warned, so on a rainy day, make some cider and cuddle up in some blankets and watch this melancholy masterpiece. :)
  • great premise, frustrating execution

    This could have been such a great movie. The premise is great, to tell the alien encounter story from the point of view of a linguist, who has to figure out the basics of how to communicate. But as interesting as those parts of the movie are (and they are really interesting), the plot and logic of the story takes so many implausible shortcuts and wallows in kitsch to such an extent that it is hard to enjoy. It’s also about half an hour longer than it has to be. If you are looking for an action movie with aliens, then this is definitely not the movie for you - I myself am not interested in seeing the 50th and latest emulation of the alien invasion flick, that is my definition of boring. If you liked Interstellar (as I did), then you may or may not enjoy this movie. For me, it has all the flaws of interstellar (the kitschiness) but not its strengths.
  • Not even worth one star!

    This was one of the worst most disjointed movies I have ever seen! The theme behind the movie was like one giant puzzle of 1000 pieces none of which would fit together. What a waste of time and a waste of money!
  • A Meandering Pile of Confusion.

    This was a plot about nothing.I gained absolutely nothing insightful from this take on humans communicating with aliens. The science talk was just away to make the movie and characters seem intellectual, but the beginning nor end made sense.

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