Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner make first contact with aliens in Sicario director Denis Villeneuve’s new film Arrival.
Amy Adams is no stranger to aliens, having played Superman’s love interest Lois Lane since 2013 (Man of Steel). Of course, neither is Jeremy Renner who under the guise of Hawkeye also gets to spend quality time with the likes of hammer-wielding Asgardian Thor every once in awhile (DC vs. Marvel anyone?)
While we don’t want to insight a war in the comments section of this article, the fact is that both Adams and Renner have gained much from starring in some of the respective studios’ largest films, such as The Avengers and Batman v Superman, including more time spent working with other top tier talents both on-screen and off. Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder, for example, represent some of the industry’s leading visionary directors, particularly their work in creating and bringing to life the Worlds which characters such as Hawkeye and Lois Lane inhabit, and that kind of creativity rubs off on those working around them. So then when it comes to working with a filmmaker like Denis Villeneuve, whose previous titles include Prisoners, Enemy and last year’s Sicario, the two performers have developed a firm understanding of how to bring the director’s imagination into being.
Pairing Villeneuve with a film of this nature, a first contact sci-fi film that specifically hones in on the language barrier between two different species, is extremely interesting. Knowing the 42-year-old director, Arrival is undoubtedly a film about language, but one that just so happens to involve aliens.
Official Description and Trailer:
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – 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.
The first trailer provides a strong indication of the film’s tone, which is a little more gritty than the likes of other sci-fi movies of the same ilk such as Independence Day 2, but not graphic in a Ridley Scott Alien way. It presents itself more as a psychological thriller, Villeneuve’s go-to, with Adams’ character seeming to be on edge throughout. It looks as though this extraterrestrial language actually plays with, and perhaps bends, her mind, “Do you dream in their language”, Renner asks at one point.
Forest Whitaker’s character Colonel Weber, acting on behalf of government, gives the linguists a pressing time frame to operate within, “15 hours”, adding the necessary tension Arrival needs to keep you locked in to the story. Of course, Whitaker’s screen presence is intense enough alone, as one of today’s best performers in Hollywood.
Given all of this, we recommend you add Arrival to your watchlist as soon as possible.
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Arrival pulls up in theatres November 1th.