Before watching Arrival, I thought it was going to be another run-of-the-mill aliens visiting the earth flick. Thankfully, it is so, so much more than that.
Arrival is hard to describe but basically it’s a good mixture of Contact, The Abyss, Close Encounters and Interstellar. In most ways it is better than all of them. Arrival is not particularly action packed and moves at a fairly slow pace but, and its a big but, you are so drawn into the story that time doesn’t matter.
Amy Adams is superb as the lead and she holds your complete attention throughout and manages to make you care. She’s helped a bit by Jeremy Renner but it is really her film (plus a few aliens as well, probably). Arrival doesn’t need that many special effects but the whole design and look is still fantastic (the way aliens are portrayed is clever without ever revealing too much).
Special mention must go to the soundtrack as it is just so haunting and totally inline with the film.
Verdict: An excellent sci-fi thinker that everyone should see (although if you are after out and out action you may be disappointed).