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Arrival (2016)

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When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

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When mysterious spacecraft 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.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Story of Your Life  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,000,000 (USA) (11 November 2016)

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$100,501,349 (USA) (3 March 2017)
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Trivia

Abbott and Costello resemble Kang and Kodos, the aliens from The Simpsons (1989) Treehouse of Horror segments. See more »

Goofs

The Danish uniform shown on the screen of the landing site transmission from Greenland is an outdated version that only conscripts and the home guard use. See more »

Quotes

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

After credits have finished, there is a short documentary on the making of Arrival. See more »

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Featured in Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival' (2017) See more »

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On the Nature of Daylight
Written and Performed by Max Richter
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Best of the (fairly rare) "smart" sci fi forks...
19 November 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

To this reviewer, there are two kinds of sci fi.

The common type dates back to Buck Rogers and has more modern iterations in Star Trek and Star Wars. Action and mayhem.

The other type, the "smart" or intellectual type, is harder to classify. It has been around forever but appears and disappears randomly. Consider the DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951/2008) or CUBE (1997) or the more recent MARTIAN (2015).

The second type is an oddity because most of the heavy lifting takes place in your brain, not on the screen.

I consider ARRIVAL the best example of the "Smart" genre ever done.

These films, because they are so subjective, require a central character that the viewer can identify with. Ms. Adams deserves special merit for picking this film up and carrying it to the finish line.

A must see, for fans of "smart" scifi.


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