Dir: Denis Villeneuve | USA | 2016 | 116 mins
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in Denis Villeneuve’s (Enemy, Sicario) riveting, dreamily introspective sci-fi thriller. The world is changed forever by the arrival of aliens: as tall charcoal grey ships suddenly appear studded around the planet. The authorities put an elite team together, including mathematician Ian (Renner), US Army Colonel Weber (Whitaker) and linguist Louise (Adams), to deal with the situation. Should they go on the offensive, or can Louise break their code?
Another superbly well-made, high-concept film from one of contemporary cinema’s most interesting directors, Arrival is – like all of the best sci-fis – an exciting, exploratory and audacious film.