ARRIVAL (2016) Review
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
In what seems to be one of the least appreciated films of 2016 by the audience, Arrival deserves more love because it is one of the rare science fiction films that is deeply emotional and narratively mind-blowing. It is the perfect combination of sci-fi and drama and needs to be seen by many.
The film treats its audience as an outsider, giving the perspective from Amy Adams’ role as Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who is going through something and was trying to cope through her teaching.
Set to boggle your mind with its compelling story of science fiction about aliens and how we could build a relationship with them, Arrival may be the most fun and interesting film that tackles the process of communicating with the aliens. We’ve seen films that had gone far too much and some, takes it as something fun in a family-friendly way. But Arrival gets to be or at least on point, from indicating the difficulty in deciphering the language of the aliens to the process of learning or familiarizing each and other.
Like how we humans learn our own languages, the film is a process, a process of getting somewhere, whether it is for the better or for the worst, it is Louise’s job to communicate with the aliens and to make sure that these communications will help the people of Earth and does not go in a way that would be destructive.
Adams, while surprisingly wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, was tremendously effective in the film, it’s hard to imagine the film to have another lead actress.
Everything works perfectly, from the story, to the actors, to the direction. From the mystery of the story to the mind-blowing twist, Arrival is a perfect sci-fi film.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Arrival” opens in Philippine cinemas February 15, 2017 from Columbia Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.