Arrival was for me, much like the beings that appear in-film.
It came out of nowhere.
A thrilling trailer was released, pointing out that Denis Villeneuve of Prisoners and Sicario fame was directing a film starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker; and it involved beings not of this world.
Sure one could assume it may follow the same direction as Enemy, another film in Villeneuve’s catalog that finds its landscapes filled with giant spiders.
But Arrival is very much a sci-fi story that takes itself beyond the place of humans in our very large universe.
When multiple mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate, including linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker).
Mankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers—and to find them, Banks, Donnelly, and Weber will take a chance that could threaten their lives, and, quite possibly, humanity.
I went in with the assumption that this film would be a feast of visuals, amazing acting and solid storytelling.
I was not let down. At all.
Villeneuve’s brand keeps going from strength-to-strength with each release, and Arrival adds itself in as another piece further diversifying his portfolio.
Based on Ted Chiang‘s ‘Story Of Your Life‘ science fiction short story, winner of the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and adapted by Eric Heisserer, Villeneuve and his cast weave an intriguing tale around what may be the end of the world.
Except it becomes a far more fun and complex story from there.
You can’t really explain the story too much simply because each little string of it gives away more of the overall picture.
As a whole cinematic experience though, Arrival is one of the best of the year, making a play for the top as 2016 closes out.
So good is the complete package, that the cliché moments throughout are rendered moot.
Arrival is another success for Villeneuve and the cast involved, with a striking film whose story will resonate with audiences for a long time after its end.
Unable to tell too much of the story, just know that Arrival is one of the best films of 2016 and you owe it to yourself to watch it.