Arrival

Arrival

DVD - 2017
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When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, a team, including linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As humankind 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.

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Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario) creates a touching, meditative tale about humanity’s first contact with an alien species. Time travel is handled subtly in this one, fogged by the powerful eeriness of déjà vu.

Smart, slow paced, science fiction from Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneueve, this film gives great hope that the new Blade Runner will be great.

Not your usual shoot-em-up alien movie. This is a beautiful and thought-provoking film that will stick with you for some time. Based on Ted Chiang's book of short stories, "Stores of Your Life and Others." Suggested by Liz K.

Michelle's comments: I wasn't all that interested in seeing this movie, until I did. Now it is on my top 12 list. Don't expect an action-packed science fiction movie. This movie is slower and it has more heart.

Grant's comments: No snark here. This was one of my favorite movies of the year.


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ilovedogz
Dec 25, 2020

Aliens. Military. Cumbersome. Slow. Pass.

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7527jn
Dec 18, 2020

As a linguist, I absolutely loved this movie! I read the book this movie was based on, "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, right after watching the movie and found the book amazing as well. The first 40 minutes of "Arrival" are slow indeed, but the ending when everything comes together is so profound that it is beautiful.

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10000mefest
Oct 16, 2020

This alien-contact movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and focuses on human-alien communication and it's challenges and explores the experience of non-linear time.

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BBQ_Chick
Sep 24, 2020

The aliens are Abbott and Costello. You'd be better off watching the original Abbott and Costello. Even with fast forwarding I couldn't watch this drivel. Sheena Easton had a hit song in each of the sites where the aliens landed?? Come on! The movie is putting us on. If there really are aliens out there, they're going to pass us by for more intelligent life.

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blue_monkey_7983
Aug 25, 2020

this is a very good movie. Those who want an action movie with guns and explosions, then move on. This is a brain twister, not a Marvel movie. anyone who gives this a bad rating because there was no action, does not understand the deeper concept.

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anonymouswe
Jul 15, 2020

I loved how this story came together. Great acting as well. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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blue_panda_4979
Jun 13, 2020

Pretty good!

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dmasterson
May 12, 2020

A viscerally engaging sci fi movie. It stays grounded and has many interesting twists.

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mJJLnk7
May 06, 2020

Anything by this director (can't pronounce name) seems to be amazing.

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orsino81
Mar 01, 2020

Science fiction has never been my cup of tea. For a reason I can't remember, I decided to watch this one and was absolutely blown away. It's the kind of experience that leaves you motionless at the end, making you question and re-evaluate and wonder. The plot centers on communicating with aliens, but it's really all about true human 'being' in the world and connection with others that transcends borders (which I think is what good science fiction is supposed to be). It went from a movie I always passed over to one of my all-time favorites in 116 minutes.

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Jun 13, 2020

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Sep 25, 2018

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Sep 04, 2017

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Apr 14, 2017

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Mar 21, 2017

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Mar 20, 2017

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blue_panda_4979
Jun 13, 2020

Coarse Language: brief strong language when Ian enters the space ship.

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reginator_22
Feb 03, 2019

Coarse Language: Brief strong language.

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CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Other: The movie is most likely too slow and convoluted for most preteen or younger viewers to care or comprehend what is going on.

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CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The aliens are a little weird-looking.

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CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Sexual Content: One character asks a woman (presumably they are married) if she "wants to make a baby".

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CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Violence: An explosion.

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CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Coarse Language: One f**k and a handful of other, milder terms.

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reginator_22
Feb 03, 2019

Louise Banks: Despite knowing the journey... and where it leads... I embrace it... and I welcome every moment of it.

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jimg2000
May 13, 2017

Before you commit to him, ask him the sanskrit word for war and its translation.
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“Gavisti”(गविष्टि)
He says it means "an argument." What do you say it means?
-A desire for more cows.
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Well, the cornerstone of civilization isn't language, it's science.
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Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order... I remember moments in the middle... And this was the end... But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.
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If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
-Maybe I'd say what I feel more often. I... I don't know.
You know, I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as i can remember. You know what
surprised me the most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.
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Suits, honor, flowers... Colonel, those are all tile sets in mah-jongg.

Many more in IMDb

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johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

Despite knowing the journey... and where it leads... I embrace it... and I welcome every moment of it.

britprincess1ajax Mar 28, 2017

"I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived."

britprincess1ajax Mar 28, 2017

"Language is the foundation of civilization. It is the glue that holds a people together. It is the first weapon drawn in a conflict."

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