“Arrival”: What Do The Reviews Say ?


The upcoming sci-fi drama Arrival has created a lot of buzz worldwide. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival is based on a short story “Story of your life”. The movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and has already found acclaim at various coveted film festivals.

SynopsisWhen mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are 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.

Som well-known critics have reviewed Arrival recently and here’s what they have to say about the sci-fi drama:

1. Arrival gives us a lot to take in, and the picture is big, somber and grand, if in the end somewhat sterile. – TIME Magazine (Thumbs Up)

2. A film that forces viewers to reconsider that which makes us truly human, and the impact of grief on that timeline of existence. – RogerEbert.com (Thumbs Up)

3. Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)

4. A fairly chilly, cerebral bit of business, from its beautifully tamped-down cinematography (by modern master Bradford Young) to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ethereal score. – TheWrap (Thumbs Up)

5. With Arrival, Denis Villeneuve communicates the wonder of a Steven Spielberg alien movie within a decidedly hard sci-fi milieu. – Slant Magazine (Thumbs Up)

6. The extraordinary success of Arrival is that it combines its bravura style and grand sci-fi questions with tremendous emotional intelligence and a heart so full it’s ready to burst. – TheVerge (Thumbs Up)

7. A cerebral and emotionally resonant examination of language through the genre of science fiction.- Den Of Geek (Thumbs Up)

8. This is hard science fiction made by an artist – which means big questions, impossible concepts and difficult choices.- NOW Toronto (Thumbs Up)

9. It’s heartening to encounter a science fiction thriller that is ready to deal with abstract ideas. – Independent UK (Thumbs Up)

10. Arrival has the heft of a literary airport novel, with enough poetry and pathos to elevate it above Michael Crichton.- Vanity Fair (Thumbs Up)

11. For a film about language, Villeneuve smartly relies most on the cinematic language: cinematography, production design, visual effects and musical scoring. His collaborators flex some of the best work of the year in every cinematic realm.- Collider (Thumbs Up)

12. It’s ingenious, and brilliantly directed, shot and scored, all of which bodes well for Villeneuve’s next project, a keenly-awaited sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner. – Daily Mail (Thumbs Up)

13. Less Close Encounters of the Third Kind and more Linguistic Encounters of the Academic Kind, this is a sci-fi movie with intelligence, cerebral and emotional. – Times UK (Thumbs Up)

14. Beautiful, provocative allegory that can bump your whole worldview off balance. – Daily Telegraph (Thumbs Up)

15. Both heartfelt and very entertaining. – Guardian (Thumbs Up)

16. In a crowded genre, Villeneuve’s picture is distinguished chiefly for being so richly realised and executed, gifted with an almost symbiotic score by his regular collaborator Johann Johannsson. – Screen International (Thumbs Up)

The verdict is unanimous it seems! The reviews are just wow for the science fiction drama which surely will be one potential blockbuster when it releases. Arrival will certainly be a favourite for the Oscars next year! Movie releases November 11, 2016 worldwide.