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17 Through ’17: Arrival

Here’s our list of 17 not to be missed movies to see starting next month and through the end to 2017.  Each day we will bring you the next on the list.  These are in chronological order of release date, not any specific ranking of hype or expectations.  We leave that up to the reader!

Let’s get started . . .

Arrival

Arrival

Opens:  November 11, 2016
Rated:  PG-13
Director:  Denis Villeneuve
Starring:  Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Read our full Arrival review HERE.

Arrival snuck up on me out of nowhere, and it looks very compelling.  It’s based on the novella Story of Your Life by author Ted Chiang, and won a Nebula award in 2000.  Dr. Louise Banks is enlisted by the military to communicate with a race of newly arrived aliens in a first contact situation.  But this story looks to be less about invasion and more about understanding between two alien races, and xenophobia within our own race.  Initial buzz for the movie is extremely positive, including website io9 calling it a “scifi masterpiece.”  Keep in mind that it’s io9, and as everyone knows io9 has never resorted to hyperbolic language to garners clicks . . . right?  You be the judge.

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Here’s the official synopsis:

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when humongous spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

The Hype: Aliens.  Yep, aliens are always a reason to see a science fiction movie, especially aliens that appear to be as unique as the ones in this movie.  Arrival looks to exude intelligence and drama while leaving typical alien invasion themes, seen in movies like Independence Day, far behind.

The Caution:  Arrival has a fairly low budget for a science fiction movie ($50 million) so it’s relying heavily on writing, story, and characters.  Three things often replaced in this genre by the smoke and mirrors of special effects.

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