Arrival

Arrival

Arrival

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve casts Amy Adams as an expert linguist enlisted by the US government to investigate and communicate with an alien spacecraft, one of a dozen that have landed on Earth.

Aliens have landed, they aren't humanoid, and they don't speak English - or any of our languages. As countries around the world both cooperate with one another and race against each other for a breakthrough, Louise Banks (Adams), physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and their elite American team must race against time to find answers. 

Best Sound Editing, Academy Awards 2017; Best Sound, BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: M, Offensive language116 minsUSA
DramaScience Fiction
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

For most of its running time, Arrival is entrancing, intimate, and moving - a sci-fi movie that looks not up at the stars but rather deep within.

0
Variety

Variety

press

You feel you’ve had a close encounter with what might have been an amazing movie, but not actual contact.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A super-smart sci-fi that'll blow your mind and have you on the edge of your seat without recourse to explosions or souped-up fighter jets.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Both heartfelt and very entertaining.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Incredibly thoughtful and gentle, placing diplomacy over conflict.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Adams' performance as Dr Louise Banks is terrific. She's the affecting emotional core of this.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Arrival is Villeneuve's The Day The Earth Stood Still or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and somehow he makes it true to the tropes while also feeling like something new.

5.0
0

This film is fantastic on so many levels - the marketing makes it looks kinda hollywood-surface-sci-fi-earth-invasion however it is so much more. Emotionally involving it takes us to some basic to sentient existence (in here and out there) ideas and how beings of one type communicate their stuff with another type when you have different paradigms of...

5.0
0

Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Aliens have landed all over Earth and world renowned linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to communicate with the aliens. But when paranoia settles in with the majority of the world’s population and leaders, Louise races against time to translate the...

5.0
0

Found this movie interesting but a little bit weird but it is Sci-Fi, did enjoy it.

3.0
0

Ever since the silent film A Trip to the Moon was shown in 1902 audiences have turned to Science Fiction for creative images of life beyond earth. Generally speaking, Sci-Fi's play on our fears and curiosity about alien threats, or their appearance, or their technology. The film Arrival (2016) takes a different approach by looking at the challenges of...

3.0
0

It's emotional and brainy. It's on Earth not in space so has emotional impact. It messes with time but you'll get your head around it.

5.0
0

The story begins right from the start, Louise, with her marriage on the rocks, a beloved child recently deceased is alone, her job at the local university helps her through the dark days. At the same time giant humming oval capsules have entered earth's atmosphere creating panic amongst the world's populace, Unbeknown to Louise , her expertise as an...

5.0
0

The drawcard for this movie for me was definitely the premise and the hope that it wouldn't gloss over particularly curious/important matters such as the extra-terrestrials' motives which so many titles seem to not explore (e.g. Prometheus, District 9, Signs,...) . Arrival however is satisfying in this aspect and Amy Adams especially delivers a great...

5.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

For most of its running time, Arrival is entrancing, intimate, and moving - a sci-fi movie that looks not up at the stars but rather deep within.

0
Variety

Variety

press

You feel you’ve had a close encounter with what might have been an amazing movie, but not actual contact.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A super-smart sci-fi that'll blow your mind and have you on the edge of your seat without recourse to explosions or souped-up fighter jets.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Both heartfelt and very entertaining.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Incredibly thoughtful and gentle, placing diplomacy over conflict.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Adams' performance as Dr Louise Banks is terrific. She's the affecting emotional core of this.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Arrival is Villeneuve's The Day The Earth Stood Still or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and somehow he makes it true to the tropes while also feeling like something new.

5.0
0

This film is fantastic on so many levels - the marketing makes it looks kinda hollywood-surface-sci-fi-earth-invasion however it is so much more. Emotionally involving it takes us to some basic to sentient existence (in here and out there) ideas and how beings of one type communicate their stuff with another type when you have different paradigms of...

5.0
0

Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Aliens have landed all over Earth and world renowned linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to communicate with the aliens. But when paranoia settles in with the majority of the world’s population and leaders, Louise races against time to translate the...

5.0
0

Found this movie interesting but a little bit weird but it is Sci-Fi, did enjoy it.

3.0
0

Ever since the silent film A Trip to the Moon was shown in 1902 audiences have turned to Science Fiction for creative images of life beyond earth. Generally speaking, Sci-Fi's play on our fears and curiosity about alien threats, or their appearance, or their technology. The film Arrival (2016) takes a different approach by looking at the challenges of...

3.0
0

It's emotional and brainy. It's on Earth not in space so has emotional impact. It messes with time but you'll get your head around it.

5.0
0

The story begins right from the start, Louise, with her marriage on the rocks, a beloved child recently deceased is alone, her job at the local university helps her through the dark days. At the same time giant humming oval capsules have entered earth's atmosphere creating panic amongst the world's populace, Unbeknown to Louise , her expertise as an...

5.0
0

The drawcard for this movie for me was definitely the premise and the hope that it wouldn't gloss over particularly curious/important matters such as the extra-terrestrials' motives which so many titles seem to not explore (e.g. Prometheus, District 9, Signs,...) . Arrival however is satisfying in this aspect and Amy Adams especially delivers a great...

5.0
0