Arrival (2016) Friday, 10 April 2020

Arrival (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Put the pieces together.

  • Starring:

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker, Sangita Patel, Mark O'Brien, Abigail Pniowsky, Tzi Ma, Jadyn Malone, Julia Scarlett Dan

  • Directed by:

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are blown backwards in an explosion, threatened at gun point. Audio playback of a man being executed (shot). Military references (personnel, vehicles, weapons, comms, tanks, jets, helicopters, warships, gunfire, etc). Minor car accident. Surveillance/news footage of objects thrown into windows, premises raided/looted, people handcuffed, compound being torched, people being shot at. News segment describes 144 cult deaths. A child screams "I hate you" to her mother. Reference to death of insurgents. Yelling, arguing. State of emergency, treason mentioned. Loud roaring, groaning, creaking, rumbling sounds heard. Blood/gore: Blood extraction. Sick/dying child. Child in hospital bed with nasal tubes. Patient on medevac stretcher. Nausea, side effects, claustrophobia, ringing in your ears, tinnitus, radiation exposure/poisoning, concussion mentioned.


    None (hugging).


    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Medication mentioned.


    F-word. Name-calling (idiots, cheeky bastard, monsters, aliens, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, dammit, what the hell).


    Aliens, UFOs, first contact, linguistics, language translation, death of a child, theoretical physics, gravity, communication, interpretation, decontamination, othography, time, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, heptapods.


    Dead child, dead friend/colleague. Estranged father/husband. Elephantine creatures with seven limbs and slimy tentacle-like hands. Caterpillar, caged bird. A black/inky substance is repeatedly seen. Brief subtitles. Adapted from Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life.


    Riveting, dizzying, beautiful, provocative, thought-provoking, superb, classy, intelligent, affecting, contemplative, cerebral, captivating, measured, unexpected, high-concept, dreamy, freaky, audacious, mind-bending, pensive, strange, gripping. Eerie/Lovecraftian/well-conceived aliens, smart storytelling, cool/graceful/composed/lucid/impressive/wondrous/bravura visuals, throughtful screenplay, spectacular ideas, rich/moving performance by Amy Adams, gaunt/unsettling/symbiotic/ethereal score.


    Military showdown clichés, some parts stretch believability; slightly ridiculous.

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