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

Current rating: Rating: 3.45
based on 344 votes and 113 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 "Very thought provoking, and great acting, especially by Amy Adams."
  • 4 stars "Well done and very cool peek into how the world would handle this if it were to happen."
  • 5 stars "I would say that most of the time, I'm very shocked and disappointed with the reviews on here. This, in my personal opinion, is another one of those surprises. I absolutely loved this movie. Incredible cast with incredible acting talent. Adams is a very underrated actor who delivers a wonderful performance to this film. The effects, action and storyline are fun and amazing with a really cool twist that made me think. It's nice to see Hollywood make a movie about alien life with superior intellect and technology but have not the stereotypical theme. If you enjoy excellent acting, aliens and different look at aliens visiting earth, you will enjoy this movie."