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Denis Villeneuve

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 305
  • Fresh: 287
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: By turns inviting and opaque, Ms. Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low, modulated, and using stillness to draw you near. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 10, 2016

Fresh: Amy Adams is a miracle worker-she makes us believe in this mesmerizing mindbender about alien communication, directed with searching mind and heart by Denis Villeneuve. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 11, 2016

Fresh: Those expecting a whiz-bang film should be prepared for a more cerebral and emotional experience, admirable for its ambition and tone, if not wholly satisfying in its payoff. – Brian Lowry,, Nov 11, 2016

Fresh: Arrival, like the Spielberg classic it aspires to, brings the beyond to us. In doing so, it asks a challenging, prescient question: Are we ready to teach, and ready to learn? – Andrew Lapin, NPR, Nov 10, 2016

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Customer Reviews

omg, the extras

Not only is this a phenominal movie, but IMO the Extras included in the purchase are beyond worth the cost (and I'm not usually an extras fan, they usually disappoint)... there are multiple featurettes 10-30 mins long that break down a creative geek's delight of details about the visuals, the invented language, sound, the soundtrack, and much more... it greatly deepens the apprecition of the film (but make sure to watch them AFTER the film! spoilers!)

Highly highly recommended.

The emperor has no clothes

A slow moving science fiction story that has some nice elements but ultimately believes in world peace through talking with each other. The director is as full of himself as any I've heard. Example: He says in the commentary that he made the space ship out of an "unknown substance" because "everyone believes the only substances in the universe are those found on earth". (Yeah, sure- people say that all the time) The military is portrayed as stupid and conservative medai are "idiots". Who says the Holywood elite are.... well, elitist. The movie will be praised beyond its merit simply because it has been given the moniker "cerebral", thus I must love it so as not to appear a commoner. The Emperor has no clothes- it isn't very good at all. The Chinese come to total peace and non aggression just by the personal phone call of the lead actress- really? It's so easy! The best part of the movie is the method of communication used by the squid people. This is very interesting and should have been developed more. Figuring this out takes place primarily on computers- we needed more time in the actors minds, solving this puzzle, but the questions they ask one another are back seat to the emotions of her visions. Jeremy Renner is simply there for window dressing and takes little active part in solving the mystery. Ultimately, if youre a fan of Obama's foreign policy, you'll like this movie- cerebral or just plain naive?

Love Richter's On The Nature Of Daylight

Scorsese and Robbie Robertson used it beautifully in Shutter Island.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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