Arrival

Arrival

DVD - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
133
8
5
 …
When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, a team, including linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.

Opinion

From Library Staff

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

k
kpelish
Aug 13, 2018

Thoughtful and well-done approach on how we, as humans, would approach communications with other beings who literally and figuratively speak a different language. There is the traditional tug-of-war between science and the arts/humanities. In this case, the arts wins and Amy Adams does a good job in playing a hard-to-visualize role: the pressure of learning a new language unlike one ever seen before. I liked this film because rather than a knee-jerk "let's bomb 'em" action take, there is a slower approach and one of a measured belief in eventual communication success (with a wholly unexpected gift). Amy's backstory of loss is also well and quickly told.

d
Derringer
Aug 10, 2018

Clearly aimed at the intelligence level of a 13-year-old - This "alien arrival" movie contains one of the corniest Romeo and Juliet stories that you are ever gonna see. Believe me - It's sickening.

With Arrival's $47 million budget - (I'd say that) - From a strictly visual perspective, neither is the alien spacecraft, nor are the aliens, themselves, at all interesting to look at.

My argument is this - If these aliens were so far advanced in their intelligence and technology, then, why was it so difficult for them to get their dire message across to the humans?

IMO - Arrival doesn't even come close to living up to all of the hype that was generated through its promotional campaign. This film is hardly worth getting excited about, at all.

a
augsburgerin
Aug 06, 2018

An enjoyable sci-fi movie about how we would try to communicate with aliens if they all of a sudden show up on earth. Some of the science made me roll my eyes and the physicist seems to pretty much be only there to look concerned at the linguist but I liked it nonetheless.

g
Gwen904
Aug 06, 2018

Deeply complex and thoughtful sci-fi.

s
Stresstested
Jul 27, 2018

Boring. Most over rated movie of the year.

s
Soyghurt
Jul 26, 2018

It's a good film, but often over-rated. I say over-rated because the movie (and the book may differ) relies on the absurd notion that learning the aliens language gives you insight into future events.

While it's true that language itself affects how we think, this movie relies on a preposterous notion- that aliens who don't grasp time as we do can teach us to see into the future- just by learning their language. It's laughable.

That all said, but for that one absurdity, it's otherwise a very good film.

t
tmercer1
Jul 26, 2018

Physicist Ian Donnelly says to linguist Louise Banks "You approach language like mathematics."

I have watched this film several times and I am still fascinated with the beauty of time and thought and language. Arrival addresses communication on both a visceral and an intellectual level. How we learn and how we teach are critical in our perception of the world and the way we communicate what we know. Arrival presents a view of this by contrasting how different people and different countries choose to communicate with the fascinating Heptapods. Louise immerses herself in the language and follows the knowledge that language gives her. The ending provides both action and reflection. I will be watching it again.

ThrillReader Jul 23, 2018

An amazing and thought-provoking watch. It reminds me of the movie Inception, where one has to really pay attention to the timeline and plot to understand the depth and thought put into the film. I admit I had to search the meaning of the movie just to make sure I did not miss or misinterpret anything important

e
EvanSchoenfeld
Jul 21, 2018

One of the best takes on the shopworn theme of First Contact. Just suppose aliens aren’t telepathic and haven’t been monitoring Earth television for decades? (As super intelligent beings, they couldn’t handle the commercials.) Then, like with the story of the Babel Fish, when some ability to communicate is established humanity goes berserk. This is one of those movies where the dialog is under-articulated in spots, unfortunately. But it’s pretty good. Mysterious, elegant, unsettling.

To suppose that people could see into the future if they only freed their silly brains from the restraints imposed by linguistic stuff is a bit of a reach. On the other hand, conventional ways of looking at things don’t always take the end result of actions into account. For example you might say that if the human population of the earth is unsustainable, continued growth could become a problem. Yet we know that few folks think of population issues in those terms. These 'Arrival' aliens are able to forecast future events, and we find that we are also able to when we get to know them a bit. If you wanted to be generous to the film-makers, you could credit them with a time-space metaphor for the real life issue of lax thinking. I guess this was probably not their intention. But as a sci-fi plot device, it seemed all right.

b
Bang_On
May 29, 2018

When it comes to the likes of big-budget SyFy films such as 2016's "Arrival" - IMO - Hollywood definitely needs to make 2 separate versions of the same story. They really do.

First there'll be this PG-13 version here. It'll be the one for all of the naive, undemanding, little kiddies out there who have no real expectations about what's what. Yeah. This'll be the version that's guaranteed to keep the tiny tykes quiet and relatively satisfied for a couple of hours.

And, then there'll be the adult version of "Arrival" for us grown-ups. And it'll be the one that really gets the viewer thinking about the potential reality of an honest-to-goodness, real-life alien visitation where the story doesn't have one saying "WTF!!??" about every 5 minutes like this version did.

'Cause - Believe me - When it comes to being a "thinking" adult - I, pretty much, sum up this version of "Arrival" as being the biggest, the loudest, and, yes, the stinkiest of SyFy farts ever, from this past decade.

I ain't kidding.

I mean - This one's aliens looked so idiotic that they were downright laughable to me.... So - Like - When is Hollywood gonna give me a break from all of this PG-13 nonsense? Eh? When?

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

b
B00kluv3r
Sep 04, 2017

B00kluv3r thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

t
trevordunfordswife
Aug 07, 2017

trevordunfordswife thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

x
Xcellp
Jun 28, 2017

Xcellp thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

King_of_the_Squirrels thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

d
DFX
Apr 14, 2017

DFX thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

CielyRanger thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

h
H82BL8r
Mar 20, 2017

H82BL8r thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Notices

Add Notices

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Other: The movie is most likely too slow and convoluted for most preteen or younger viewers to care or comprehend what is going on.

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The aliens are a little weird-looking.

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Sexual Content: One character asks a woman (presumably they are married) if she "wants to make a baby".

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Violence: An explosion.

c
CielyRanger
Mar 21, 2017

Coarse Language: One f**k and a handful of other, milder terms.

Quotes

Add a Quote

j
jimg2000
May 13, 2017

Before you commit to him, ask him the sanskrit word for war and its translation.
...
“Gavisti”(गविष्टि)
He says it means "an argument." What do you say it means?
-A desire for more cows.
===
Well, the cornerstone of civilization isn't language, it's science.
===
Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order... I remember moments in the middle... And this was the end... But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.
===
If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
-Maybe I'd say what I feel more often. I... I don't know.
You know, I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as i can remember. You know what
surprised me the most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.
===
Suits, honor, flowers... Colonel, those are all tile sets in mah-jongg.

Many more in IMDb

j
johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

Despite knowing the journey... and where it leads... I embrace it... and I welcome every moment of it.

b
britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

"I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived."

b
britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

"Language is the foundation of civilization. It is the glue that holds a people together. It is the first weapon drawn in a conflict."

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at BPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top