Friday, November 11, 2016
The brainy and beautiful Arrival is also a powerful cinematic experience.
Review by Matt Cummings
WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.If the cinema year of 2016 has proven one thing, it's that Hollywood still isn't afraid to let loose with an intelligent film while impaling us with big, dumb (and only sometimes enjoyable) action fare. Arrival is a triumph of modern film-making, a bold, intelligent tale that's far deeper than the trailers might suggest, and immediately establishes itself as one of a handful of must-see films this Fall. Linguistic Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is summoned to one of 12 landing sites throughout the world to decode messages by an alien species she lovingly refers to as Abbott and Costello. These gigantic multipeds utter a seemingly incomprehensible language, punctuated by a beautiful inky broken circular writing. These 12 massive crescent-shaped vessels stand elegantly on their sides, suspended by anti-gravity that allows Louise to float up and into its core, which is bounded by a massive glass wall. There, she and scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) seek to decode Abbott and Costello's messages before the world destroys itself in a fit of mindless violence and cratering stocks. But Louise is onto something - waking up to powerful memories of her child who died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 12 - and realizing a connection between them and the aliens' arrival. Faced with both unimaginable tragedy and a life-altering decision to decode the transmissions, Louise journeys to the far reaches of her mind and even time itself to unravel a mystery thousands of years in the making. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.