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4,417 Ratings


Directed by Denis Villeneuve
United States, 2016


Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

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Arrival Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 7 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2017 | Winner: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Arrival, the new film written by Eric Heisserer from Ted Chaing’s short story “The Story of Your Life” is directed by Denis Villeneuve. But first and most of all, it is written. And even more, it is writing about language that makes it clear that language matters, that language is in fact the key to everything… This is a movie par excellence of adaptation, a work of sharing, which happens to be a key theme in the story’s geopolitical narrative.
March 01, 2017
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Arrival, as emotionally haunted as it is, also offers the biggest ray of sunshine to fall on a Villeneuve hero(ine). And the triumph of the film—what makes it one of Villeneuve’s most thematically satisfying features, if far from the most airtight plot—is that the optimism and the darkness don’t cancel each other out but find a aesthetic symbiosis. This is an unsettling crowd-pleaser, the saddest happy blockbuster in the Oscar spotlight.
February 25, 2017
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As a sci-fi drama about international cooperation and defusing violence, Arrival values thinking over ray guns, renegotiating the terms of battle between sensitive eggheads and macho soldiers typical of alien invasion films. Adams’s super-translator shouts in Mandarin to convince the Chinese military she can see through time now that the aliens have revealed its secrets to her, an outburst and a plot twist that make sense if you’re high and caffeinated.
February 24, 2017
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