Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Written by
In "Arrival" Forest Whitaker plays a military officer who 'recruits' civilian experts with specialist skills to assist with the first contact of an alien species. In Species (1995) he was a civilian 'expert' with a specialist skill (he was an 'empath') who was recruited to assist with the first contact of an alien species. See more »
When Colonel Weber comes by helicopter to take Louise, ha said Gavisti as the answer for Sanskrit word for war. Louise said it means desire for more cows. Actually, Sanskrit word for war is Yuddha. Gavishti means battle or desire for fighting, so it is close. See more »
I used to think this was the beginning of your story. Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order.
[coddling her baby girl]
Okay. Okay. Come back to me. Come back to me. Come back to me.
[later playing with her in the yard]
Stick 'em up! Are you the sheriff in this here town? These are my tickle guns, and I'm gonna getcha!
You want me to chase you? You better run!
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During the end credits Anana Rydvald is credited as Swedish Scientist rather than Danish Scientist. Sweden and Denmark are neighboring countries. See more »
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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