Thursday, December 29, 2016

Movie Review: The Arrival

Amy Adams stars in The Arrival, playing an expert linguist professor needed by the FBI.  Alien spacecrafts have landed around the world.  They want to communicate, but no one has a clue on what they are trying to say.  Adam's character, Doctor Louise, makes a major breakthrough.  Her personal life is very lonely, presumably divorced and dealing with the loss of her child.  She puts all of herself into figuring out the aliens' language.  When other countries see the visitors as a threat, she wonders if there is something lost in translation.  SPOILER ALERT: (skip if going to see movie) Adam's character has direct contact with the aliens at the end of the movie and learns her life has not happened yet, she has only seen it in the future.  She decides to play out the hand she is dealt anyway, preferring to have her daughter who dies and her husband who she divorces.  Perhaps she thinks things will be different, but her reasoning is unclear.

My Review: This is one of the best movies I've seen so far this year.  Amy Adams is in another outstanding flick (Nocturnal Animals) as well.  The woman is on a roll!  She is a superb actress as is the entire cast.  But what makes this movie great is the story line.  I love how the director threw in bits and pieces of the history of language.  I love how the main character was not a cop or FBI agent, but a professor.  I love the twist of her personal life as a future vision at the end of the movie.  The special effects in this movie are low-key, but quite amazing.  The "words" that are shot out of the aliens' legs look real.  Terrific flick for sci-fi fans.  5/5 Stars.

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