Arrival Movie Review


I’m behind on a lot of movies out right now. I’m very glad I picked this one to see first to start getting caught up.

Arrival stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as a language specialist and scientist, respectively. They are tasked with learning how to communicate with mysterious aliens after they show up in several places across the world.

Man, this movie is great.  It’s a slow burn thriller that is extremely tense and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The plot looks at an interesting aspect of alien contact- how we would go about communicating with them. Most alien “invasion” movies spend about 2 and a half minutes of trying to communicate before everyone just starts shooting at each other. But this movie takes a deeper and more fascinating approach. It definitely kept me intrigued and invested throughout. I don’t know that everyone will love the ending but it worked for me 100%.  The movie has some great lessons and messages on life that connected with me. All the acting is good and the movie is very well shot and directed. The director (Denis Villeneuve) is quickly becoming one of the best in the business with this movie along with the (also great) Prisoners and Sicario.

I really can’t praise the movie enough. I don’t have much negative to say about it, other than the CGI at some points wasn’t all that good. But that’s a very minor nitpick. I highly recommend this movie.  It is definitely a movie that forces you to think and pay attention. But it is well worth investing the 2 hours to watch it. Arrival gets, I believe, the first 5/5 of the year.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. I can relate to feeling behind on movies! Arrival was the first I reviewed in awhile too. I agree with you completely about the great build-up and appreciation for the ending. However, what scenes (if you can remember) were you not too keen on the visuals/CGI? Curious to hear your thoughts!


    1. Jordan says:

      Thanks for the comment! There were 2 moments I remember. The first being when they first enter the alien ship and the gravity changes (or however you want to describe it). The other was when she first enters the room with the aliens at the end and the mist surrounds here. For a few moments each time it seems a little funky and cartoonish. At least in my eyes. Could have just missed something. Regardless it took nothing away from the movie

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  2. Ben says:

    Completely agree. A great movie that really surprised me. A definite contender for film of the year.


    1. Jordan says:

      Definitely. I’m currently trying to work on my Top 10 of the year and this one’s easily top 3


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