Arrival (2016) was directed by Denis Villeneuve. Eric Heisserer penned the screenplay based on the story, “The Story of Your Life’, written by Ted Chiang. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
The film is about a linguistic professor who is enlisted by the Army when unidentified spacecrafts make first contact with Earth. Louise (Adams) and Ian (Renner), a scientist work together to communicate with the aliens and figure out their purpose.
Adams performance is nothing short of spectacular. She is able to convey such complex emotions, as any human would, when seeing and experiencing something dramatic as communicating with another life form. Renner also does a wonderful job as her co worker and their chemistry is perfect.
The films atmosphere does a fantastic job at increasing the paranoia of the situation not just within the confines of where the main characters are, but all over the world with news reports. The news reports that seem so scary because you actually imagining that happening in real life if a similar situation happened. Paranoia and mistrust are conveyed perfectly, and really bring a sense of urgency to the film.
What I liked most about the film is the little twist that I thought was done beautifully with cut scenes.
If you have not already seen this, I highly recommend it.