Have you ever wondered what your purpose is on this earth? What your purpose in life? For your family and those that you love?
In my opinion, Amy Adams is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actresses. She makes every role she does look like a walk in the park, when in fact, what she’s doing is very difficult and hard to master.
In Arrival, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is a master linguist, who is trying to make sense of her daughter’s death, when she is recruited by the military to translate the communication of an alien beings that have landed on earth.
Her partner in crime, Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) doubts Bank’s abilities to assist in deciphering when they discover the language isn’t as foreign as they have anticipated.
Mixed with elements of sci-fi films we all know and love (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. Contact, Independence Day…) and brilliantly shot by Bradford Young (Star Wars), Arrival take s the audience on a journey of discovery that leaves us all asking if we innately know why we are born, what our purpose is in life and in death.
Director Denis Villenueve is a master of suspense within action-adventure films like Sicario and his attention to detail is no less than stellar this time around. It literally took me the majority of the film to figure out what the hell was happening (which is a good thing)
Arrival is a rollercoaster ride, but will have you walking away having a discussion of life you have never encountered before. Arrival opened nationwide on November 11th.