Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Running Time:  116 min.
Release Date: November 11, 2016
DVD/BluRay: February 14, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.41
based on 334 votes and 110 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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  • 5 stars "Move and acting great; however, only for intelligent people. Sorry folks who fell asleep."
  • 2 stars "fairly boring, don't rush to watch"
  • 1 star "The plot for this movie was so thin, that it could have easily been told in less than an hour. It was not confusing, it was badly told. Renner and Adams had poor chemistry. It would have made a great movie for TV."