Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner
Arrival isn’t your average sci-fi thriller. From the director of Sicario, Denis Villeneuve, this film doesn’t just tackle eerie extra-terrestrials but also grief, love and hope. When alien aircraft touch down on Earth, it triggers an international government reaction that puts mankind on the verge of a very dangerous war. Amy Adams plays an elite linguist haunted by the death of her daughter, who is recruited to decipher the aliens’ language and stop the war. It might be a familiar story, but this film looks and feels very different. A final twist will leave you weeping.
WHERE TO WATCH IT Out on DVD, February 22. WHO WILL LIKE IT Fans of other-wordly adventures. WHAT THE STAR SAYS
Amy Adams: “She felt like every woman I know who’s struggling with hard things, who’s working through personal issues, while also heading out into the world and handling life and work. It’s a constant balance. It’s a constant juggling act.”
Director Denis is also nominated, along with writer Eric Heisserer. Amy and Jeremy star as scientists learning to communicate with alien life forms.