When 12 mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.(1)
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Alien invasion films have, quite frankly, been overdone. However, Arrival's script – written by Eric Heisserer and adapted from Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life" – is an ingenious piece of work that takes “alien invasion films” to a whole new level. If you were expecting another Independence Day type action movie then you will be sadly disappointed. Arrival focuses on the struggle to communicate with the creatures, ‘Heptapods’, and what the aftermath of this could lead to should it not go to plan; a massive war depicting the bloodshed and trauma or an alien invasion, like Independence Day. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) has created a masterful aesthetic in every way Rather than portraying a darker and twisted look at humanity, like in Sicario and Prisoners, he instead chooses to go for a much lighter but still serious tone involving the mystery that surrounds the aliens. The film's soundtrack, created by the terrific Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, The Theory of Everything), is an inspiring collection of thumping horn arrangements and softer pieces. The cinematography by Bradford Young (Selma, A Most Violent Year) is breathtaking and brings in references and odes to other sci-fi classics - like 2001: A Space Oddysey - with successfully acting as the perfect match to the tone of each sequence.