We’d mentioned to the kids that Arrival was a bit similar to Contact so when it popped up on the Sci-fi channel with thought it was worth a re-watch. I must confess, I was expecting to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised how well it held up against today’s standards.
I wont give anything away by saying that its about Jody Foster attempting to make contact with something/someone in outer space, however, the film is more about her trials and tribulations of trying to follow her star-gazing dreams (with a bit of Matthew McConaughey added in for good luck), although there is also a good bit of intrigue and political wrangling to keep you on your toes.
As you would expect, Jodie Foster is very watchable and you really do want her to succeed. I must highlight that the effects still looked good which is impressive for a 20 year old film. I also really liked the ending.
Verdict: An enjoyable follow your dreams movie that just happens to be a bit sci-fi related.