Arrival (12A)

When 12 mysterious spaceships touch down across the world panic ensues. What do they want? Does this mean war?

In a bid to find out more about the gargantuan pods the US military enlists the help of linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Louise creates an elite team of investigators including leading physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to help decipher the alien’s language before it’s too late.

As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Louise and her motley crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with their extra-terrestrial guests. Their visitors have set up regular visiting hours for the humans, opening a portal in the pod so they can communicate. As they attempt to converse with the strange beings the rest of the world grows inpatient, thirsty for action.

When the military of the other countries with pods cease communications with the US it becomes a case of do or die. The fate of the world rests in Louise and Ian’s hands. But in order to unravel the mystery Louise must risk her life and the future of mankind.

Arrival is a beautiful cinematic masterpiece. The opening scene is mirrored throughout the movie and shown for the last time at the end, bringing the sequence full circle. It’s this subtle symmetry that makes Arrival more than just your average Sci-Fi.

For example, in a preview of things to come, Louise keeps looking up at blaring television sets or shrieking military jets. This transforms her pale face into backdrop for the movie that is coming into view.

Arrival is a visual wonder that will thrill you. It’s simultaneously thought-provoking and exciting, making it one of the best movies of 2016 to date.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★★

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