Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Arrival (2016)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker


I thought we might be getting a quality film about alien contact, a subject that hasn’t been treated with the proper care since Contact, but this one ended up being a disappointment.

Started off right. Wonderful tension when first meeting the aliens, and the effects and sound mixing for the alien beings is fantastic. But then it got cerebral and confusing. Not sure I completely understood what’s going on. Themes and scenes are reminiscent of Contact and Inception, but there’s something missing that could have could and should have brought the whole story together.

Adams and Renner are OK, but nobody really shines in this one.

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