I’m really blown away by this, feeling much like I did at the conclusion of Europa Report. some sci-fi films go beyond the stupidity of the Hollywood system and manage to not be dumb vehicles for stars. But it’s a rarity.
Arrival manages to give us something new, in subtle hints that culminate in a big moment and a big ending. Obviously I can’t tell you what that is.
But I can mention another big idea and that is the glaring need for an evolutionary change to move humanity beyond war. Films like Arrival cast light on the real problems seething across the globe, and how the age of hydrogen bombs upped the stakes. Since the 1940s it has been a MAD world, where the nuclear powers threaten us all with mutually assured destruction.
I’ll also mention the obvious move of making Arrival a female-driven story, with Amy Adams…
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