The science-fiction drama ‘Arrival’ from 2016 was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. The film is based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. It follows a linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to discover how to communicate with the aliens and why they have arrived on Earth before tensions lead to war.
Arrival is far from your typical sci-fi flick. Lacking any major battle scenes, laser beams, or little green men, instead, it is a quiet cerebral film that focuses on language and communication. A film that elaborates on the concept of not only linguistics but also time and our perception of reality.
“The main thing I was attracted to was this idea of exploring culture shock, exploring communication, exploring this idea of language changing the perception of your reality.
That was gold. ”
– Denis Villeneuve in an interview with The Verge.
In Arrival, there are surely many arrivals, one of the greatest arrivals is Dr. Louise Banks’ arrival at the military base in Montana. The suspense is masterfully crafted with its hypnotic tones from the masterful score by Jóhann Jóhannsson, we see a spectacular yet familiar landscape when the helicopter ride into the base, contrasted by the very strange looking egg-like UFO.