“Arrival”……..sci-fi with brains

 

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Yesterday I made one of my infrequent visits to the local multiplex cinema in Huddersfield to see the latest “sic-fi” film doing the rounds at the moment. I do not go very often these days because I seem to have lost interest in the filmmakers of today and also the sound in the theatres can be either muffled or too loud (or a combination of the two).

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The film itself is called “Arrival” and without giving much away about the plot it has been summarised neatly by the Rottentomatoes website as “when 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.”

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I had read no reviews of the film prior to viewing so had no idea of even the basic outline of the story. However, as a sci-fi enthusiast of over 50 years I thought I would give it a try. Although the story starts rather slowly, and it was at this point I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it, I gradually got sucked in by the concept of the film and not least a brilliant performance by Amy Adams (shoe in for an Oscar nomination) whose voice is that of sanity and reason during the film.

If you are expecting “flash, bang, wallop of a Star Wars kind” you will be sadly disappointed. However, if you are into such films as 2001, A Space Odyssey, Solaris (the original version), Contact or the wonderful Ken Russell film Altered States then I suspect you will enjoy a wonderful cinematic experience.

I came away having enjoyed an excellent film, astutely directed, and with excellent performances from all concerned. One film critic has said it is “the thinking persons sic-fi” film, a comment with which I would concur.

It was also very positive to see a woman playing the lead role (Amy Adams) and who carries the film magnificently with her excellent performance. It is a film worth two hours of anyones time.

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