Arrival | Salt Lake City Weekly
Pin It


  Rated PG-13 · 116 minutes · 2016

Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Here’s an optimistic science-fiction tale that tells an engrossing story about mankind’s worst tendencies—selfishness, suspicion, aggression—threatening to overtake our best ones. When aliens arrive suddenly in what could be attack formation, renowned linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), aided by a simpatico theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner), is summoned to decipher their language and determine their threat level. Though the circumstances are perilous, it’s not an Independence Day kind of film. Instead, director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) emphasizes the scientific process, striving to put the events in a real-world context. Yet the film (expanded by screenwriter Eric Heisserer from Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life”) is not dour. It has sequences that exist just to fill us with wonderment, and no coyness about showing the aliens (after a terrific build-up and reveal, that is). But the film’s greatness is in its heart. The aliens’ mission and technology dovetail sublimely with Louise’s personal quests—the dreamy prologue shows her mourning a death—bringing symmetry to the story and grounding it in relatable experiences and fears. This is poignant, personal sci-fi at its best.



Staff Rating:
Official Site:
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Producer: Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, David Linde, Stan Wlodkowski, Eric Heisserer, Dan Cohen, Karen Lunder, Tory Metzger and Milan Popelka
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma, Abigail Pniowsky, Julia Dan, Jadyn Malone, Frank Schorpion and Nathaly Thibault

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Arrival


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

Roll over stars and click to rate.

What others are saying (6)

Seven Days Arrival by Margot Harrison 11/16/2016
Boise Weekly Arrival: Close Encounter of the Best Kind Amy Adams' character becomes the most important person on the planet—literally. And by "literally," I truly mean "literally." by George Prentice 11/09/2016
Gambit Review: Arrival and learning the language of “others” Amy Adams stars in Denis Villeneuve’s mesmerizing sci-fi film by Ken Korman 11/14/2016
3 more reviews...
Boise Weekly Here's the Inside Scoop on How to Win Our Oscar Contest Expect the unexpected and beware of the Best Actress/Supporting Actress scam. by George Prentice 02/08/2017
Connect Savannah Review: Arrival A motion picture that turns out to be far more focused on humanity than on otherworldly visitors, it’s a transcendent viewing experience that gets under the skin and into the heart. by Matt Brunson 11/15/2016
Inlander Talking to aliens Amy Adams must bridge the human-alien language gap in Arrival by Paul Constant 11/10/2016

© 2017 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation