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: [United States] : Paramount, 2017
Branch Call Number: DVD Arriv
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Feb 03, 2019

The flash forward/backward scenes kinda threw me off. But I like the cast of this film. Might watch it again to catch stuff I might have missed.

Jan 16, 2019

Geez, can we NOT post comments that give away the originality and twist of the ending??

Dec 11, 2018

Don't bother. I did not get the hype around this movie. There was a Chinese market supplement added like in Iron Man and other films. It is an interesting concept explored and the twist too. This would have been interesting if done in the 80's with an 80's music montage where they unlock the puzzle of the language.

Dec 05, 2018

Intriguing use of flash forwards rather then flash backs -- not easy to follow at first. But, at the end, it comes together and makes sense. This is the type of movie that you need to see more than once to better appreciate it. Highly recommend.

Oct 01, 2018

This was a very thought provoking movie. Once you realize that the flashbacks are actually flashes into the future, you see the real story is not about the aliens but about the power of love. A very clever way to explore the power of love.

Sep 24, 2018

NO STARS! A Complete waste of Time!!! Reminded me of the God Awefull Contact movie! Why couldnt the diretor have the Aliens Kill everyone at the end? At least that would have been somewhat entertaining, instead of a 2 plus hour of a comunication leature!!!

Aug 25, 2018

You'll need to have a basic understanding of linguistic relativity, space and time, to enjoy it. Despite that, I still have trouble to understand how she got it (did she always have it? or was it "given" to her?). Very interesting movie, however, over rated. Actors are acting great.

Aug 13, 2018

Thoughtful and well-done approach on how we, as humans, would approach communications with other beings who literally and figuratively speak a different language. There is the traditional tug-of-war between science and the arts/humanities. In this case, the arts wins and Amy Adams does a good job in playing a hard-to-visualize role: the pressure of learning a new language unlike one ever seen before. I liked this film because rather than a knee-jerk "let's bomb 'em" action take, there is a slower approach and one of a measured belief in eventual communication success (with a wholly unexpected gift). Amy's backstory of loss is also well and quickly told.

Aug 10, 2018

Clearly aimed at the intelligence level of a 13-year-old - This "alien arrival" movie contains one of the corniest Romeo and Juliet stories that you are ever gonna see. Believe me - It's sickening.

With Arrival's $47 million budget - (I'd say that) - From a strictly visual perspective, neither is the alien spacecraft, nor are the aliens, themselves, at all interesting to look at.

My argument is this - If these aliens were so far advanced in their intelligence and technology, then, why was it so difficult for them to get their dire message across to the humans?

IMO - Arrival doesn't even come close to living up to all of the hype that was generated through its promotional campaign. This film is hardly worth getting excited about, at all.

Aug 06, 2018

An enjoyable sci-fi movie about how we would try to communicate with aliens if they all of a sudden show up on earth. Some of the science made me roll my eyes and the physicist seems to pretty much be only there to look concerned at the linguist but I liked it nonetheless.

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Feb 03, 2019

Coarse Language: Brief strong language.

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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Feb 03, 2019

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

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.

britprincess1ajax 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."

britprincess1ajax 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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