Arrival (Extended Version)

ho00004225Arrival released in November last year and was a spectacular film. The “extended” version appears to be a misnomer however and is perhaps the poorest advertising strategy I have seen to get people to watch a Best Picture Oscar nominated film. This re-release is simply the theatrical cut with an 8 minute featurette at the end. It was so well advertised everyone in the screening I was in had left before this came on after the credits!

Here is my original review of a film that just seems to get better on repeat viewings…

A devastatingly good science fiction film that I would implore everyone to see.

When twelve domed vessels arrive on Earth, language specialist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) are brought to the craft in Montana to try to communicate with its occupants and discover their purpose.

As with all good science fiction, it takes this fantastic setting and uses it to ask us very human questions relevant to everyone. This is a story interested in characters and subject matter rather than special effects and explosions.

Director Denis Villeneuve English language films (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario) have shown he is a force to be reckoned with and I am starting to anticipate his next film Bladerunner 2049 with excitement.

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