Brian Adams Movie Review: “Arrival”

Movie Review: “Arrival”
Release Date: November 11, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)

Solid and rare is the science-fiction film that relies less on special effects and more on thoughtful storytelling.  Such is the case with “Arrival.”

Amy Adams portrays a linguistics professor called upon to translate language from alien visitors that have arrived in ginormous pods located at 12 different venues throughout the world, including Montana.

The film also features Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in strong supporting roles, but it is Adams who delivers among the most compelling performances of her career, helped significantly by very strong material.

Kudos first and foremost to screenwriters Eric Heisserer and Ted Chiang (author of the source material “Story of Your Life”), and to director Denis Villeneuve who creatively brings a nonlinear story to the big screen.

Early in the film, I was concerned about pacing and low lighted scenes.  But those issues eventually gave way to a complete immersion in the cinematic experience.

“Arrival” is an exceptionally thought-provoking film and one that will likely catalyze conversation among movie-goers as to what was seen and potential interpretations.