What would you do if a series of alien spaceships entered the earth’s atmosphere? Arrival from director Denis Villeneuve presents this question. But instead of going for the typical dark invasion or private abduction kind of story, we are given one that spends a large majority of its time meditating and contemplating. And instead of it being an individual story, we are shown what happens when a dozen of these enter the atmosphere at the same time.
We follow two scientists who are brought into the ship that lands within the United States. They enter the ship and become face to face with 2 behemoth-sized aliens. From here we watch a series of these two species attempting to communicate with one another, with the humans spending a lot of time trying to decipher the language of these creatures.
Likewise, all around the globe, neighboring countries are attempting to do the same thing with the ships that land in their respective zones.
This movie isn’t really a scary monster movie, it’s more mature in its approach. The aliens themselves are shrouded in mystery (with some haunting sound design for the noises within their ships), but this is a more generic sci-fi approach. But that being said, anything that can handle such dark material through a respectful lense is always welcome in my book.
It’s a movie that warrants a 2nd playthrough, and I was very ecstatic to see how it all played out.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra