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Movie Review: Arrival

Hubby and I watched the intellectual Sci-Fi movie Arrival on Saturday night, and as always, it blew me away with its thought provoking story, its beautiful cinematography, and the brilliant Amy Adams in the lead role.

Arrival is based on the short story “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, which won the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella.

The movie premise: When alien spaceships touch down in twelve locations around the world, the US military calls in brilliant linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to lead an elite team of investigators to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. With nations teetering on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew struggle to understand the aliens’ unique language. And to make things worse, Louise has visions of her daughter, Hannah—from her birth, through her childhood, to her tragic death at a young age due to a fatal disease. With time running out, Banks is forced to take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly all of mankind…

Now this is not your typical big shoot-em-up, let’s kill all the aliens, sci-fi movie, it makes you think about life, the universe, and everything, basically. The aliens are not what you expect either, and their method of communication is a visual feast for the eyes. Amy Adams is brilliant as Professor Louise Banks, she was nominated for an Oscar for this, but unfortunately didn’t get it—and I think she should’ve.

So if you’re in the mood for a different sort of sci-fi, please watch Arrival with your eyes open, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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