DVD - 2017
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When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, a team, including linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2017]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE ARRIV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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When it comes to the likes of big-budget SyFy films such as 2016's "Arrival" - IMO - Hollywood definitely needs to make 2 separate versions of the same story. They really do.

First there'll be this PG-13 version here. It'll be the one for all of the naive, undemanding, little kiddies out there who have no real expectations about what's what. Yeah. This'll be the version that's guaranteed to keep the tiny tykes quiet and relatively satisfied for a couple of hours.

And, then there'll be the adult version of "Arrival" for us grown-ups. And it'll be the one that really gets the viewer thinking about the potential reality of an honest-to-goodness, real-life alien visitation where the story doesn't have one saying "WTF!!??" about every 5 minutes like this version did.

'Cause - Believe me - When it comes to being a "thinking" adult - I, pretty much, sum up this version of "Arrival" as being the biggest, the loudest, and, yes, the stinkiest of SyFy farts ever, from this past decade.

I ain't kidding.

I mean - This one's aliens looked so idiotic that they were downright laughable to me.... So - Like - When is Hollywood gonna give me a break from all of this PG-13 nonsense? Eh? When?

May 29, 2018

This film brings to question, how would we as Earthlings communicate with out-of-this-world visitors? The question has many variables that make it essential to be as quick as possible, so that "trigger happy" and self doubting armies and political leaders do not take the offensive and blindly let fear control their behaviour.
I did have to read about what happened, as it was not clear why certain things happened, but I get it now and find that the viewer is rewarded to a fine film, if you are willing to be patient and follow along as the world feels helpless and paranoid of whether these visitors are hostile or not.
Amy Adams (American Hustle, 2013; Big Eyes, 2014, Justice League, 2017), does another fine performance, as does Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, 2012; American Hustle, 2013; Mission Impossible, 2011 & 2015; Avengers, 2012 & 2015; Wind River, 2017), and Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler, 2013; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016; Black Panther, 2018).

May 24, 2018

One of the best movies i saw lately. Solid, detailed masterpiece. Don't trust trailers.

May 17, 2018

Mind-bending, loved it.

May 11, 2018

It's an engaging and thoughtful movie, which may be difficult for some viewers to understand, because the story is told out of sequence. It runs head on into one of the paradoxes that time travel yarns are prone to, but without there being any actual time travel in the movie. See if you can tell what it is!

May 06, 2018

I liked the film, but there was a few confusing points.

Was Hannah born after the Aliens left or before?

Film could have done better with the time line description

More information from the physics point of view would have been better.

Apr 13, 2018

Fun, brainy sci-fi with a linguistic bent. The twist at the end – an extreme form of the “language determines thought” hypothesis – may not actually be possible biologically but it’s fun to speculate about. A few details are left unexplained, for example: How did Amy Adams’ character survive in the atmosphere on board the alien ship when it’s obviously walled off for a reason? What kind of apparatus do the aliens use to write their graphic language? (Or is it done completely through thought transmission? If so, why did it develop as an entirely graphic form?) But these flaws are easily overlooked. The movie is beautifully shot, has spectacular special effects (though they often seem played down) and an engaging plot. Also, it unfolds slowly (like other sci-fi effects classics such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"), giving the viewer a chance to savor the experience rather than being caught up in more and faster action sequences. Worth a watch.

Apr 05, 2018

1 STAR RATING. Long, boring movie. Lots of implied meaning ending stuff. Borefest. I kept fast forwarding to the end WHICH WAS overrated. But it's free rental why complain, right?

Apr 03, 2018

I found this movie to be very slow and not worth watching. The story line could have been alot better.

ylpladults Mar 27, 2018

Aliens arrive and a woman linguist is the only one able to make sense of their language. Riveting science fiction that will blow your mind.

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Mar 21, 2017

Other: The movie is most likely too slow and convoluted for most preteen or younger viewers to care or comprehend what is going on.

Mar 21, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The aliens are a little weird-looking.

Mar 21, 2017

Sexual Content: One character asks a woman (presumably they are married) if she "wants to make a baby".

Mar 21, 2017

Violence: An explosion.

Mar 21, 2017

Coarse Language: One f**k and a handful of other, milder terms.


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May 13, 2017

Before you commit to him, ask him the sanskrit word for war and its translation.
He says it means "an argument." What do you say it means?
-A desire for more cows.
Well, the cornerstone of civilization isn't language, it's science.
Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order... I remember moments in the middle... And this was the end... But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.
If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
-Maybe I'd say what I feel more often. I... I don't know.
You know, I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as i can remember. You know what
surprised me the most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.
Suits, honor, flowers... Colonel, those are all tile sets in mah-jongg.

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Apr 13, 2017

Despite knowing the journey... and where it leads... I embrace it... and I welcome every moment of it.

Mar 28, 2017

"I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived."

Mar 28, 2017

"Language is the foundation of civilization. It is the glue that holds a people together. It is the first weapon drawn in a conflict."


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