Ar­rival

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

Mon­day, go!, 9pm, M (2016)

This thoughtf uls ci-fi film casts Amy Adams (pic­tured) as lin­guist Louise Banks, who is tasked with fig­ur­ing out how to com­mu­ni­cate with the aliens who have just landed on Earth in a dozen gi­ant eggshaped pods. As the hu­man race holds its breath, she works with sci­en­tist Ian (Jeremy Ren­ner) to un­cover the vis­i­tors’ an­swer to the ques­tion, “What do you want?”. The aliens’ ver­bal lan­guage is im­pos­si­ble for hu­mans to im­i­tate, so she re­alises writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion holds the key to the two species un­der­stand­ing each other. Adams holds the whole thing to­gether with an un­der­stated per­for­mance, and it’s re­fresh­ing to see a first-con­tact film where vi­o­lence isn’t the an­swer.

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