Arrival is a Departure from Good Movies
Arrival was promoted like it was going to be next big thing in terms of scifi movies. It starts off very schlocky using all the traditional scifi themes, setups, biases etc. and that part continues throughout the film. It was the pacing that kept me interested. Not because it was action-packed, but rather because it was slower and more thoughtful than traditional fare. It hinted of something much deeper.
Amy Adams will undoubtedly become a hero to linguistic professionals with this homage to their craft but for movie goers it is a bit of a stretch. The montage of the aliens communicating with Adams shortened the time but it still didn’t keep my attention very well. Jeremy Renner was likely added to the film just because he has some cache after the Avengers, but he really didn’t add anything.
Overall, it turned pretty traditional with the military wanting to fight and the scientists wanting to converse – nothing new to see here… move along. The drama is not that dramatic. The deep stuff is not that deep. The story is a rehash of a hundred other films. The acting is good but the story just isn’t as deep as it sells itself and feels like a M. Night Shyamalan film.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of the “live in the moment” and “be present” message, but I had to live through two hour of the moment for that?
RATING 4 out of 10
by Chris Doelle