Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: Amy Adams stars as a college professor and language expert who is recruited by the government to help decode alien messages after twelve trange crafts land in random locations around the world. She is helped by fellow linguist and physicist, Jeremy Renner. After an array of conflicts including the threat of global war, The two band their minds together to decode the Alien’s message and repair the chaos that is circulating around the planet.
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It provide a very thought provoking and eye opening experience for me and I am glad that I saw this
One of the first things I noticed in this film is it’s cinematics. There are a lot of very large open shots of natural spaces, and when combined with some very interesting and deliberate medium and long shots, it makes for a very aesthetically pleasing movie.
Throughout the duration of the film, main character Dr. Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams, experiences a series of flashbacks that seem to correlate with her daughter seeing as most flashback sequences are accompanied by her presence, along with the occasional presence of her father and Louise’s husband, whose identity is not revealed to the audience until the end of the film. These flashbacks seem to allude to something going on in the main story, like the drawing of a bird in a birdcage versus the real bird in a birdcage, where a shot that appears in the film appears in another flashback almost identically. The plot of the film seems to flow smoothly, and there are some holes and things that grab your attention along the way but do not end up being holes in the story, but end up creating a beautiful maze of events that all stretches alongside the main story and comes together in the end for an ending that seals off most all previous confusion.
During the team’s first venture into the alien craft, Louise starts to experience these flashbacks that sort of seem like they correlate with the movie but do not really grab you until the later scenes, when scenes appearing in the main story end up being near identical to some in the flashbacks. What I really find most interesting about this movie is that it does not come together in your head until the end. You watch the film the whole way through just noticing these little details that director Denis Villeneuve chose to put in the plot. It is something that you do not find in a lot of movies today because most modern films have a sort of two-dimensional and shallow plot. and is really something that caught my eye.If you are looking for a very emotionally powerful and a very engaging experience, I highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to enjoy an extremely thought provoking and satisfying film, and I personally would have to give this move a solid eight out of ten.