Movie of the Week – Arrival


By Schuyler Hyde


When you think of Sci-Fi films, the popular tropes of the genre might come to mind, such as aliens with bulbous heads, laser guns, robots, “take me to your leader,” etc. These have defined the genre for decades. Arrival is one of those films that defies its genre’s tropes, creating something far less superficial than the usual alien visitation blockbusters that Hollywood pumps out like holiday cookies. The premise is that twelve massive ships touch down on Earth and doors open on the ships every eighteen hours to allow for interaction between humanity and the organisms inside. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, is contacted by the U.S government to help translate language of these organisms in an effort to find answers and understanding.

Since this isn’t really a review but a recommendation, I’ll get to the point. Why do I recommend this movie? I’ll tell you why.  It’s incredible. In my eighteen years of life, there have only been a few movies that have absolutely blown my mind and changed my perspective on life. As it boldly encounters themes relevant to today’s society, I believe that you too will find yourself touched by this beautiful film.

Arrival (2016)

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Written by: Eric Heisserer

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)

Runtime: 116 minutes