Arrival is a movie from one of my favorite director Denis Villeneuve, who directed the movie Sicario. It is a science fiction film that shows the power of communication in this modern world. It has awesome cinematography and soundtracks, which shows up this movie very well. The main message of this film is the global unity. I think Arrival was one of the best movies of 2015, and one of his best film with Sicario.
Can't get over how incredibly wooden the dialogue was, or how cringeworthy the stereotypes of other cultures were (of COURSE it's China Russia Pakistan Sudan being the evil ones that can't control their war craze... zzzzz). And that glass of red wine that Amy Adams' character sips from every time she is in her home... good god.
3-3.5. It unfortunately makes a number of leaps in logic in order to get its desired ending, which takes a bit of the impact out of the movie's somber maturity. But it also cultivates such an impressive atmosphere out of well-composed, but minimal images. And it makes a backstory cliche fresh and original entirely through reframing (though it does also call into credibility the general's 'future' scene.)