Arrival Review

As much of a hardcore gamer that I am, it’s nice every once in a while to take a break and sit down and watch an actual movie from time to time. I try to do this at least once a week and while it sometimes works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s been working out great recently with all the new releases that I’ve been more than eager to see so for the moment it’s working out pretty damn well. This Saturday’s movie? Arrival. Keep reading to find out what I thought about it.

Arrival centers around linguist Dr. Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams. Her services are requested after the arrival of 12 alien space crafts that have touched down around the globe. Each targeting a different area, it’ll be up to Louise and scientist Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner, to find out if they’re the friendly type of aliens or if they’re here to take over the world and possibly end it. It’s a race against time and both of them will take some huge risks in order to find out exactly what these aliens are here for.

KUDOS: A really big kudos goes out to the people that made this movie because they didn’t have the typical aliens that you see in every single alien movie. These aliens were completely different and original for this movie. I really enjoyed that part and thought it was creative to see aliens in a different perspective.

Sometimes it’s hard to do these reviews without the obvious spoilers, but the beginning of the movie makes you believe that Louise as recently lost her daughter and is now coping with that fact. Truth is none of this actually happened yet and she doesn’t even have a daughter, isn’t married, and basically lives by herself in a secluded area where she teaches languages to a college before she is recruited by the military to work with the aliens in order to break the language barrier. She’ll have some different methods opposed to how the military wants her to work and she’ll also face some opposition as the desire to blow these aliens out of the sky and show them who’s boss creates a group of independent military members putting the whole operation at risk.

Ugh… I so want to talk about spoilers for this movie especially the ending because it was just mind blowing. It’s definitely one of those movie endings that needs to be explained and needs to be talked about because there’s just so much to decipher. These reviews aren’t for that though so I’ll just stop right here.

The main characters of this movie are clearly Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, but the supporting cast of this movie with actors like Forest Whitaker really add to the movie as a whole. I thought that Amy Adams did an amazing job in this role and it was nice to see her in a little bit of a different role than she normally plays. I like that she’s one of those versatile actresses that can basically play in anything. This is a pretty rare thing to find as, without naming names, some actresses are content playing one type of role and it shows.

Boo: It was a little disappointing that while Arrival was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, Best Actress wasn’t one of them. Granted, I haven’t seen the actresses who were nominated in their respected movies, but still. This was a stellar performance for Amy Adams and it feels like she was snubbed this year.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

After last week’s utter fail of a movie, this one was exactly the opposite and it was one of those thought provoking movies that was truly interesting and got the wheels turning as you actually had to think about the things that you had seen in the span of the two hours that the movie played for. I would give this movie a definite recommendation as it shouldn’t be missed. If you’re a huge sci-fi fan who loves alien movies without it being an actual horror movie, then you’ll love this movie. Even if you’re looking for something different, something thought provoking, you’ll enjoy this movie. This is one of those movies that I would watch again and it really shouldn’t be missed.

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