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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

ARRIVAL [2016]

Director Denis Villeneuve's weighty cerebral sci-fi Arrival is everything I wanted from his film-making and more.
After twelve monolithic spacecrafts situate themselves in random spots on Earth, a linguistics professor is summoned by the U.S. military to communicate with the mysterious beings.
While most films about the arrival of space-folk are grand in scale, Villeneuve opts for a more personal story that thrives on intellectual and emotional stimulation, while still managing to keep us in the dark from what is really going on.  When working with Villeneuve, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson always seems to have a magnificent way with inserting his soundscapes deep into the pulse of the film giving it a life all it's own.  Hardly interested in alien interstellar travel, the film invests it's time in the heart of humanity or the lack of.  You'll decide when all is said and done.

5 communication traps out of 5

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