Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Arrival Details

Title Arrival
Air Date Nov 10, 2016
Runtime 113 Minutes
Networks Paramount Pictures, 21 Laps Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, Lava Bear Films,
Genres Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery,
Country Canada, United States of America,
Languages zh, en, ru,

Arrival Casts


  • A flat out, stone cold, science fiction masterpiece

    October 11th, 2016

    Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is a linguist who teaches at a College. One day, twelve giant spacecrafts appear in random locations across the world overnight. Louise's skills make her a requirement for the U.S forces, who recruit her - and mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) - to attempt to decode and translate the language that the creatures in...

  • I really don't understand the good reviews. Everybody in the cinema was bored to death

    November 15th, 2016

    This movie left everybody in the cinema clueless and bored to death.. So many things in the movie make ZERO sense, just a few examples:. - The colonel expects the linguist to decipher some alien language that sounds like gwowodkgjdkgrowlhwkas on the spot from a dicta phone.. - Most important event in humankind and all decisions are taken by some r...

  • *** SPOILERS*** A dreary, morose Close Encounters

    November 13th, 2016

    The aliens have arrived. And they are – Holy Calamari People, Batman! – giant squid. The giant squid communicate in writing by shooting magical retractable ink out of their tentacles onto a transparent wall. It's up to linguist Amy Adams to decipher their communication before the other crazy countries in the world try to blow up everything.. T...

  • so close but so far.

    November 10th, 2016

    This should have been brilliant!. ****SPOILER ALERT*****. I love Amy Adams and think she is a great actress, and the first half of this films is suitably spooky, fully of mystery - but as soon as she gets in to the alien space ship and starts writing her name LOUISE, I just shook my head. Why is it so hard for Hollywood to write a decent script???...

  • The Arrival of a mind-blowing sci-fi masterpiece

    September 13th, 2016

    Last night I saw Arrival at TIFF and my mind was blown. This is by far Villeneuve's biggest film he has tackled yet with so many strong universal themes but yet also feels very emotional and intimate from the perspective of Amy Adams's character.. Unlike Villeneuve's previous works like Prisoners and Sicario, Arrival isn't a dark or twisted look a...

  • Best of the (fairly rare) "smart" sci fi forks...

    November 19th, 2016

    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 (1...

  • No CGI overkill, just some fine acting and directing

    February 13th, 2017

    Denis Villeneuve is without a doubt an upcoming director and I can't wait to see Blade Runner 2049. Prisoners, Sicario and now Arrival (haven't seen Enemy yet, or some of his earlier work). Denis knows how to capture the tension. It is almost the strongest point of all of his films. Minimal use of computer generated images, and main focus on story...

  • Pure boredom

    November 13th, 2016

    Note to self: be sure to check the default sort order for IMDb reviews. I realize now that it was set to 'best' and combined with all the glowing reviews and 8.5 stars I was going to enjoy my first night at the movies since Christmas.. So very wrong.. I don't thank I'm revealing any spoilers, but just in case, i'll say it now.. The movie is about ...

  • A film that not only tests the idea of aliens, but of humanity.

    September 15th, 2016

    Are we alone? This question has haunted mankind since they first gazed at the stars. "Arrival" answers this question with an abrupt no. Other films have tackled the question of humanity being alone in the cosmos, from classics like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) "The War of the Worlds" (1953) "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) "Ar...

  • Omg, did these people go to the same movie I did, if so, hint:The Emperor is Naked!

    November 12th, 2016

    First thing I'd like to say is this is the most over-rated movie I've seen in 2016! I'll eschew the bandwagon and tell you the truth.....boring, Boooooring.......unless you want to watch endless sequences of the heroine's face "showing expression" and a seemingly endless sequence of "swirling hair, swirling mist, swirling hair, swirling mist...", ...

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