Genre:  Drama , Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Running Time:  116 min.
In theatres:  November 11, 2016 | On DVD/VOD:  February 14, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.37
based on 280 votes and 90 reviews
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Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien, Russell Yuen, Matthew Willson


When mysterious spaceships land in various locations around the world, the military hires an elite team consisting of linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to investigate.

As mankind is on the verge of a global war, Louise must learn the language of the aliens to allow communication, and the team must determine whether these alien crafts simply come in peace — or are a threat to humanity.

Based on a 1998 short story by Ted Chiang called Story of Your Life.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Montreal, Quebec.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Aaron Ryder, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Dan Levine, Karen Lunder
Screenplay: Eric Heisserer
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  • 1 star "sheer waste of your money and time, to watch it."
  • 1 star "The most overrated movie of the holiday season. I love a good alien flick, but this film was just plain dull and went nowhere. Yes, the acting was good, but the story was as bland as can be. The ending bordered on ridiculous. If you want to watch a quality film about cracking a foreign language or code see The Imitation Game instead."
  • 4 stars "Really enjoyed Arrival you had to think and read between the lines a little. Bright positive look into other potentials for life. I am still disappointed in Manchester by the Sea I will never trust the critics after that sad disappointment"