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God's avatar


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translation: great movie
2 years 4 months ago
TomServo's avatar


The rare modern sci-fi movie that can actually be called "beautiful."
2 years 7 months ago
The_Comatorium's avatar


Expertly crafted. Villeneuve is a master at emotional depth. I was so enveloped by the film that I couldn't help but get seriously emotional throughout the movie. Darkly lit cinematography mixed with GORGEOUS film score. It's honestly pretty flawless.

I have to see it again.
2 years 6 months ago
frankqb's avatar


Beautiful-ish visually, emotionally affecting, and fascinating for its simplification of some fairly abstract ideas, but Arrival is mostly to be praised for the questions it poses and for its insistence on unity -- and above all, communication.

Nonetheless, something about it ends up feeling empty. The main character is given a "root for them" device but little else. No one else seems to have so much as an idea of who they are beyond useful plot devices. It's hard to say how to get around that without bogging down the film.

It's a fascinating and wholly enjoyable ride, and certainly a treat to see the philosophical side of sci-fi after the mildly underwhelming Interstellar. But it's not perfect - though maybe that's the point.

4 stars out of 5
2 years 6 months ago
heat_'s avatar


wow, villeneuve won't be able to shoot anything mediocre anymore. arrival raises the bar way too high. excellent sci-fi.
2 years 6 months ago
dajmasta94's avatar


Fantastic! Villeneuve does it again. REAL sci-fi that is interesting and profoundly beautiful.
2 years 6 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Arrival is equal parts Contact and Interstellar (if the latter wasn't so condescending), a first contact procedural starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, a linguist/scientist duo who must figure what what the truly alien visitors want. Adams is particularly strong as a woman haunted by the death of a child, a memory we often return to and which (sometimes mysteriously) holds clues to understanding the aliens. To its credit, the film's structure and the aliens' language have something in common, which is pleasantly thematic, but it also means the movie switches tracks in the third act and becomes something else. It does so intelligently, and it's not unearned, but I did come out of it with a certain measure of ambivalence. Perhaps I was more interested in the slow-paced, but nevertheless tense, procedural aspects of the story.
2 years 6 months ago
chunkylefunga's avatar


Decent, but not a revolutionary masterpiece as so many so called critics are saying.
2 years 4 months ago
jmarasco's avatar


or, Two Hours in Amy Adams' Head
2 years 6 months ago
CarcamanoFerreto's avatar


People are saying such great things about this movie, but honestly, although the concept was interesting, I found it quite predictable and lacking substance.

A good thing about it is that it probably is the only movie that feels realist when it concerns being visited by aliens. We had other fiction dealing with similar concepts of enormous spacecrafts landing earth, such as the series V, Independence Day, District 9. Arrival has a much more mature approach than this other movies, which is an achievement.
The linguistic approach is genious, and it is not difficult to draw a paralel between this movie and Contact, in which the universal language are maths. But here in Arrival the so called hectopods are for some reason unable to understand algebra the way we do, which sounds unconvincing but probably adds more of a weird feeling about the aliens being extremelly different than us and have a completely distinct perception of reality. That adds a nice trick to it.

The annoying things is that this movie has this American Exceptionalism kind of ideology, other countries were soon to become belligerants towards the aliens -especially the barbarious commies China and Russia- As an american linguist single-handedly resolve the communication and end up saving the day.
I think it would be mature to have groups of scientists working together towards the goal of understanding the aliens, not military generals racing to see who will stabilish contact first, it feel unrealistic as if world governments were unable to articulate a common ground, as if it was easier to get in an agreement with the aliens than with the other world governments.
Cold war is over and the world is not like this anymore.

Arrival is a must watch, it will please the average public but it may not be so exciting for sci-fi freaks.
Typical Hollywood movie. No more no less.
1 year 1 month ago
Angellike's avatar


Just finished watching, in short; tricky and perplexing film. Inception meets Interstellar meets Prometheus. Not sure what I think yet. Definitely beautiful though.
2 years 3 months ago
catherinefrances's avatar


This film is fitting with everything that's going on right now. I was pleasantly surprised with the turning point of the story and the cinematography is stunning!
2 years 6 months ago
ivanrs's avatar


By the middle of the film I was feeling kind of let down and wasn't expecting much of a twist from other sci fi flicks I've seen with similar elements (such as The Day The Earth Stood Still). But after the second half developes and things start getting more significance I felt completely blown away and so touched. I'm amazed by the way Villenueve lead us to the place we got by the end. To add the obvious, Amy Adams was beyond amazing, as usual.
2 years 3 months ago
TheOnlyRogueAngel's avatar


Aliens have landed and the governments of the World are preparing for war. You start to think this is going where every other 'Alien landing' movie has gone before. And then it doesn't.

Finally, a thought provoking, heart-string tugging, beautiful alien movie that keeps you captivated right up to the final credits.
2 years 6 months ago
GhostKnight's avatar


beautiful and topical
2 years 6 months ago

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