A linguist is recruited by the U.S. military to help translate alien communications.

Arrival flew under the radar for a long time. Then the first trailer dropped and it captured the attention of audiences. After its release at major film festivals it caught heavy awards buzz for everyone involved. Amy Adams has been mentioned for best actress, along with her director Dennis Villeneuve. Filling out the cast is Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Villeneuve has directed some of the best movies in the past few years. Prisoners, Enemy, and Sicario have all been captivating and thought provoking in their own way. Those are three very different films, which gives me the upmost confidence that he will be able to do something very original in the Sci-fi genre.

Dennis Villeneuve does something unprecedented in the science fiction genre. The ride that Villeneuve took the audience down in Arrival is unlike any we’ve seen this year, or in years past. It’s hard to really portray my love for this movie while being vague. For your viewing experience it’s good to know next to nothing about the plot of this movie, other than the blurb I provided in the beginning of the review.

Eric Heisserer penned the screenplay here, and this story is truly compelling. You’re constantly putting pieces together, following our characters on this long winding road. The destination may not be clear to you as soon as the credits roll, but when the dust settles you’ll feel like you were a part of something special. That has everything to do with the script here.

The performances here are spectacular. Amy Adams delivers one of the best performances of her career. You’re immediately drawn to her due to events that have shaped her life. Jeremy Renner also does a really solid job. The chemistry between he and Adams is spot on. The hunger, drive, and determination that they both share makes you want the answers just as much.

Arrival is one of the best movies of the year. The twists and turns make your jaw drop. Villeneuve’s visuals are stunning, considering he’s never been in the genre before. It’s a bit long in the tooth, but it’s worth the wait for what comes later.

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