Saturday, November 12, 2016

Piece Of Shit Or Not?- Arrival



Joe's Take-
Large stone-like objects have begun floating over multiple locations on Earth, and it's obvious that they're not of this world. College professor Amy Adams (Man of Steel) is brought into the situation as a translator, by Forest Whitaker's (Street Kings) military officer. While other nations struggle to calmly handle let alone understand the visitors, Adams seems to have opened a dialogue with them. Tensions start to run high, and an impending doom threatens to overshadow everyone around her. Will she be able to break through the language barrier and save the world? Or will the destruction of mankind be inevitable?

My Prediction- I've seen this movie before, or at least parts of it. Normally I would just call this a rip off of Independence Day, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, but there's something about this film that looks intriguing. It has a good cast with Adams, Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner (The Town), all of the critics seem to love it, and it's directed by one of my favorite new directors in Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario). So even though it may seem to be predictable as hell,  Arrival will not be a Piece Of Shit.
Please keep your hands off of the glass

Mike's Take -
Earth has been invaded or visited by gigantic skipping stones that seem to float in the air, mere feet from the ground, to keep from touching our soil and catching some sort of deadly disease. They've probably heard and/or seen those other "Mars attacks" style movies and are pretty wary about the way that humans conduct themselves. I mean, look at the election. The army, along with a bunch of scientists, have come to talk to these giant walking squids (thanks to the trailers for spoiling that).

Very much in the vein of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Contact, this movie is taking the alien encounter genre to the next step. Denis Villeneuve is a damn fine filmmaker, the cast that he has put together is filled with newcomers and veterans, including Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker. This movie is not going to be a piece of shit, but I am not looking forward to a two hour lecture on language and physics.

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